Royal residences you should visit

To celebrate the birth of Baby Sussex, why not check out these royal residences that really are fit for a King (or Queen!)

Windsor Castle and Frogmore Cottage, Berkshire
The largest inhabited palace in Europe, Windsor Castle has been used by monarchs for over 900 years. Built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion, it’s the preferred weekend home of the Queen, who takes up official residence at the castle each Easter and plays host to political leaders and foreign diplomats. The pristine condition of the castle is often noted by visitors as it belies its true age.

Frogmore Cottage, residence of Harry, Meghan and their newborn also lies just half a mile from the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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Buckingham Palace, London
Arguably the most famous Royal residence in the world, Buckingham Palace sits in a prominent position at the top of the Mall in Central London. If you want to venture inside there are 3 areas open to the public, namely: the State Rooms – where Monarchs welcome guests, The Royal Mews – where the Royal family’s vehicles live and the Queen’s Gallery, which hosts a number of exhibitions from the Royal Collection.  

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Balmoral Castle
The Royal Family have owned the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire since 1852 when it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert. It was also here that the Queen infamously chose to remain after hearing the news of Princess Diana’s death. The Grounds are open to the public from 1st April – 31 July from 10am-5pm.

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Sandringham House, Norfolk
Sandringham is the private home of four generations of British monarchs and where the Royal Family spend Christmas together. Set in picturesque gardens as part of the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate, visitors can explore the rooms of the house with the help of knowledgeable guides.  The Museum houses collections of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia. The Country Park is open to the public every day of the year and is free.

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Clarence House
The official residence of Charles and Camilla in London and the once home of the Late Princess Diana. Situated on the Mall near Buckingham Palace, a major refurbishment was done after Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother’s death in April 2002. The rooms and their contents are arranged as they were in Queen Elizabeth’s time, with much of Her Majesty’s collection of works of art and furniture in their former position. When you’ve finished, have a picnic or take a stroll in Green Park or St James’s Park nearby.

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Kensington Palace, London
Set in Kensington Gardens, on the edge of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace is the part-time London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and the once-home of Princess Diana. If you don’t fancy a wander inside, the stunning Kensington Gardens are still well worth a browse.

Now the home of the young royals: Princess Charlotte and Princes George and Louis and offering plenty of history to discover within every corner and courtyard, this royal residence is simply a must for anyone venturing to the Capital.

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Want to know if her Royal Highness is actually in during your visit?

Look at the flag that’s flying above the residence. The Royal Standard flag means the Queen is inside, but if the Union Jack is flying, unfortunately, she’s not at home!