If you’ve been fantasising about your own royal lifestyle, check out our 10 suggestions for living like a king or queen and then go live the dream yourself.
Walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey, London, England
The organ rumbles, the first notes of the wedding march ring out below the soaring medieval roof and Kate starts her walk to the altar… well, that’s what happened on 29 April 2011. Visit Westminster Abbey, London’s awe inspiring World Heritage Site, to stand where countless royals have been married, crowned and buried.
Stay in a castle, UK-wide
If you’re going to be a prince or princess you’ll need some suitably regal accommodation. At Dundas Castle in Edinburgh, you’ll get exclusive use of the entire castle, a range of exciting outdoor pursuits and five-star catering, including a medieval banquet. In Wales, try the centuries-old Ruthin Castle, once owned by King Edward I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. If your budget won’t stretch to an overnight stay, why not explore Aberdeen City and Shire, which has the greatest concentration of castles in the UK.
Royal Ascot, Berkshire, England
Rub shoulders with Britain’s elite while you enjoy the action at Britain’s most famous racecourse between the 14 and 18 June. Royal Ascot is, without doubt, the highlight of the social calendar where you’ll see many of the Queen’s own horses compete. It’s also a great excuse to look the part – the Thursday is ‘Ladies’ Day’, when Ascot is turned into a fashion show of fabulous hats.
Outdoor pursuits in the Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scotland
The Royal Family are well-known for their passion for outdoor pursuits and there’s nowhere better to try and follow in their Wellington Boot-steps than at the Alladale Wilderness Reserve near Inverness. Remote, wild and sublimely beautiful, Alladale is the place to try pony trekking, fishing, stalking, clay pigeon shooting, guided 4×4 safaris, mountain biking, hiking and more.
Helicopter tour of London, England
Stay at the luxurious and contemporary Hotel Verta, London’s only hotel with direct access to the London Heliport. From here you can take a helicopter tour over London for unmatched views over the capital’s iconic skyline before returning to sample the Verta’s decadent spa, quaff cocktails on the riverside terrace and dine in the acclaimed restaurant as you watch the comings and goings at the helipad.
The Royal Opera House, London, England
A night at the opera is a special experience anywhere, but when it’s at London’s 150-year-old Royal Opera House, it is truly a night to remember. Before the performance be sure to have a glass of champagne under the soaring canopy of the Floral Hall, once part of the original Covent Garden flower market. And for a really royal evening, book a box.
Shopping in Savile Row, London, England
Indulge yourself at one of London’s most prestigious addresses, 1 Savile Row, the home of Gieves and Hawkes, bespoke tailors and suppliers of uniforms and suits to the Royal Family. If you’re not in the market for a new suit, how about some handmade shoes? Be sure to check out Carréducker, the bespoke shoemakers that have a glass fronted workshop in the store.
A trip on the Orient Express, UK-wide
Explore the best of Britain’s scenery on the most exclusive, romantic and luxurious trains in the world. Discover the majestic Scottish Highlands on the Royal Scotsman, take the art deco British Pullman for 1920s vintage glamour or pick from 60 UK daytrip destinations on the Northern Belle. All the trains are luxuriously furnished and have onboard dining with champagne served and exquisite tasting menus.
Learn to play Polo, Cotswolds, England
Thundering up and down the field on a nippy polo pony and thwacking the hell out of a ball has been a key component of royal life for years. Princes William and Harry both play and, chances are, if you attend matches during the season, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with some pretty regal folks. Watching is one thing but if you want the full princely package why not take a lesson? Cirencester Polo Academy and Lynt Polo Club, both in the Cotswolds, offer introductory lessons to this ‘sport of kings’.
Tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland
Board the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s floating palace now retired and moored in Edinburgh. It was a favourite with honeymooning royal couples including Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips and the Princes and Princess of Wales. Have a unique peek inside the Queen’s bedroom, (something that’s not possible at any other royal residence), take tea on the deck as the Queen once did or toast the royal couple on the big day with a glass of Champagne.