Royal London - Discover over 900 years of royalty in a day.
English and British Monarchs have lived in and around London for over a thousand years in a variety of palaces; some still standing, others long-gone. But the area now known as ‘Royal London’ has consistently been at the heart of royal life, with regal residences at Westminster, Whitehall, Buckingham and St James’s Place and at Clarence and Carlton Houses. They remain the backdrop for all the pageantry and tradition sill integrally associated with the British Monarchy: home to both the Queen and the Prince of Wales and the setting for both regular parades, processions and major commemorations of notable formal Royal events, both joyous and sombre. In just a small part of London you can see Royal coaches, pelicans and wax; walk up the aisle where Royal brides have nervously stepped, stand where those viewing a Royal execution jostled for position and march across a former jousting ground where visiting Heads of State review Royal Troops! Here are our top ten facts about Royal London.
1. Buckingham Palace’s garden houses the national collection of mulberry trees. Indeed, the whole Palace is built on the site of King James I’s mulberry garden, which was planted in the 1600s in an unsuccessful attempt to rear silkworms in the UK!
Buckingham Palace plays host to the Queen’s Banquets for visiting heads of State – lavish affairs that involve a 4,000 piece dinner service, a band of bagpipers, and where each guest has six glasses and eleven pieces of cutlery, all arranged with millimetre-sharp precision. However, unlike in the days of George IV, there is no stream containing goldfish swimming in it running along the centre of the table!
The Royal Mews owes its name to the original Kings Mews at Charing Cross. The royal hawks were kept at that site from 1377, and the name ‘mews’ derives from the fact that they were confined there at moulting (or ‘mew’) time. The building was destroyed by fire in 1534 and rebuilt as stables, but keeping the name ‘mews’. They later moved to their present location.
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