Royal palaces in London

Here is our guide to visiting Buckingham Palace and the other Royal Family residences in London, including Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace.

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Royal palaces in London

> Banqueting House
Banqueting House, the execution site of Charles I, is the only surviving part of Whitehall Palace.
> Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Watch the Changing of the Guard.
> Clarence House
Clarence House was built in the early 19th-century for the Duke of Clarence – later King William IV.
> Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace was home to Henry VIII and William III, and was partly built by Christopher Wren.
> Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace has been used by British royalty for centuries, and was home to Princess Di.
> Lambeth Palace
Lambeth Palace is the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and dates from 1440.
> St. James’s Palace
St. James’s was built by Henry VIII, and has been home to some of England’s finest monarchs.
> Tower of London
Built by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has the Bloody Tower and Traitor’s Gate.
> Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world, and is the Queen’s favourite weekend home.

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Upcoming events in London


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Where:Tower of London, London
See the Tower of London after dark, and be led around the grounds by a Yeoman Warder as he tells you all about the history.


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Where:Windsor Castle, Windsor
Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle, the world's oldest inhabited castle, and the Royal Family's home for over 1000 years.


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Where:Buckingham Palace, London
The 'Changing the Guard' ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourist's itinerary.


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Where:Somerset House, London
The "Old Palaces Tour" at Somerset House will teach you a little bit about three of England's Stuart Dynasty queens.


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Where:Tower of London, London
The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute at Gun Wharf by the Tower of London, to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 91st birthday.


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Where:Hyde Park, Hyde Park
You can hear the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark the Queen's 91st birthday.

 

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