A Royal London Walk - William I to the Coronation of King Charles III
We will start the day at the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and march with the King's Guards towards Buckingham Palace for a bit of pomp and pageantry and hop between St James' Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Barracks - Your Blue Badge Guide, Danielle will ensure you are in the right place at the right time. Spend the day discovering Royal London as we entertain you with hundreds of years worth of history from William the Conqueror to the Coronation of Charles III, we will marvel at the royal buildings we'll see en route. You may choose to include some or all of the following places for this wonderful tour as a half or full day:
Your Blue Badge Guide will relate stories of coronations from William the Conqueror in 1066 right up to the Coronation of our King, Charles III
We will attend the Changing of the Guard Ceremony which takes place every day throughout the Summer period and your Blue Badge Guide will be able to pick the best spots so that you are able to take great pictures.
During the Summer months, you can opt to visit Buckingham Palace, the late Queen Elizabeth's official London home and see the 19 spectacular State Rooms which are open to the public.
The Royal Mews, where KIng Charles III houses his carriages and horses is a wonderful addition to any Royal Tour and highlights include the stunning Gold State Coach which has been used at every Coronation since 1821.
A stroll down the Mall will take us past Clarence House, originally built for William IV, later home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother where King Charles III and the Queen Consort, Camilla are currently residing. Tours of Clarence House can be booked in advance during the month of August.
From here we’ll look at St James’s Palace which was originally built for Henry VIII in the 1530s and we’ll cross St James’s Park which he created for deer hunting during that same period. We’ll take a look at the pelicans which were first placed here as part of James I’s zoo in the 1660s.
From here we can see Horse Guards Parade which once upon a time formed part of a jousting yard when Whitehall Palace stood here but today is used for Royal Parades. A quick look at the King’s mounted Life Guards before walking down Whitehall.
The grand finale is a tour of Westminster Abbey, which has hosted 39 coronations, many Royal Weddings and where so many of our Monarchs, Poets, scientists, political figures and many more have been buried or commemorated. In the lead up to the coronation, come and see where King Charles III will be crowned subject to opening hours.
A visit to the Jewel House in the Tower of London to see some of the regalia which will be worn by King Charles III on May 6th
A Professional Blue Badge Tour Guide can really bring Royal London to life for you and perhaps you’d like to book a tea fit for royalty to end your day.