When it comes to visiting London, it is an absolute must to witness or even better, partake in quintessential British traditions.
Begin your London experience with a stroll through the picturesque St James Park, as your guide reveals its captivating history. Hear how this once abandoned land was purchased by Henry VII with the dream to create York Palace, a dwelling fit for a king.
Then it’s off to Buckingham Palace to see one of its oldest traditions - Changing the Guard. Your guide will get you up close and personal to the sound of the horse's hooves and the call of the Guards as they carry out this age-old ritual. Hear about the history and pageantry behind the ceremony where the Queen’s Foot Guards, dressed in red tunics and bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace with the military band. Watch as the Household Cavalry change the guard at Horse Guard’s Parade with their silver plumed helmets and mounted on their magnificent horses for this unforgettable experience.
After Changing the Guards ceremony, it is time to visit The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, one of the finest working stables in existence. Here you will have a bespoke multimedia guide at your disposal providing a lively insight into how The Mews operates directly from the staff along with some snippets from the Royal Family themselves. You’ll experience royal coaches and cars used by the royal family throughout history and to this day. Witness the daily workings of the stables that house the majestic Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays.
Then it's off to the State Stables, where the royal livery is kept and you'll get the opportunity to take some photos dressing up as a footman in specially-created livery for children and adults. Experience stepping into a royal carriage, sitting down and practicing your regal waving just as Queen Victoria did. A perfect Instagram moment!
You’ll see the famous Diamond Jubilee Coach that was built to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; the Gold State coach commissioned by George III in 1762, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821; and the Glass Coach.
No royal experience is complete without an indulgent classically British afternoon tea. Hear all about the origins of this very English ceremony and reflect on your afternoon as you sample a selection of delicious sandwiches, classic scones and mouth-watering cakes and pastries.
Changing the Guard will not operate in rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour. On occasional Sundays the changing the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, meaning that we will not be able to see it.
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