8. London & Windsor: Royal Sites Full Day Guided Tour
The day begins with a relaxing panoramic drive through London with an expert tour guide. Along the way, your guide will regale you with interesting stories and facts about London's long history.
On this scenic morning journey through the city of Westminster, you will see many of London's most iconic sights, including Westminster Abbey, the iconic Elizabeth Tower, also known as 'Big Ben' and much, much more!
Changing of the Guard Ceremony
At Buckingham Palace, stop to watch a ceremony that is the epitome of the pomp and pageantry for which Britain is famous for around the world.
Elite soldiers from the British military, also known as the Household Division, have been dutifully guarding the monarch since 1660. During the ceremony, immaculately turned out guards from the New Guard arrive to assume responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace.
Accompanied by a regimental marching band, the soldiers of the Household Division are instantly recognisable in their bearskin caps and scarlet tunics.
Your expert Guide will lead you to Windsor Castle, a favoured weekend retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and the largest, continuously occupied castle in the world. Explore more than 900 years of history at this royal residence and ancestral home of the British royal family.
Enjoy a Tour through the State Apartments, the centrepiece of the castle and grandest apartments in all of England. Built to rival the opulence of the Palace of Versailles in France, you'll walk through the same rooms still in use by members of the royal family today.
Visit St George's Chapel, where Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in a ceremony broadcast to millions around the world. Construction on this beautiful chapel began in 1475 under the reign of Edward IV, and today it is the resting place of 10 former monarchs including the infamous Henry VIII.
Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Coronation - departures between 22nd July - 26th September 2022
At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 will be on display. Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect with an iconographic scheme of national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and pastel-coloured silks, encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals.
Her Majesty’s Robe of Estate was made by the royal robe-makers Ede and Ravenscroft of purple silk velvet. The goldwork embroidery design features wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising prosperity and peace, surrounding the crowned intertwined EIIR cipher. It took 12 embroideresses, using 18 different types of gold thread, more than 3,500 hours to complete the work between March and May 1953.