Royal Mews review (Mar 2013)
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Okay, so it's been a while since I've done one of these reviews but my knees are knackered. Totally messed up, so that is my excuse. So I picked something that was nice and easy today -- the Royal Mews. Not much walking involved for this one which was nice.
The Royal Mews is where they keep all the horses and State coaches that the Royal Family ride around in. There's about 30-or-so horses in all -- the ones that actually pull the carriages on State occasions. If you want to see a few military horses then you can get a glimpse of those at the Household Cavalry Museum, because they've got a bit where you can peer into the stables -- the same as the Royal Mews.
After you've seen enough of that you get to walk around the sides where they have all the different coaches on display. I didn't realise there were so many -- they've got an Irish one (the one the Queen uses during the State Opening of Parliament), a Scottish one, an Australian one, and a posh Bentley limo on display too. There's also one called the State Landau, which Kate and Wills used on their wedding day. And that's before you see real glory -- the Gold State Coach that the Queen rides in on all the big State occasions. This was the one that she rode to Parliament in, during her Coronation. They've decked the whole thing out with waxwork horses and liveried riders too, so you really get to appreciate its size and grandeur.
And that's about it. As you exit the building you get to peer into a large room housing their Riding School, where the horses are trotted around a dusty indoor parade ground, but it's really just a quick glimpse through an open door.
So is it worth going? If you enjoy horses, then for sure. And if you've got a soft spot for the monarchy then give it a go. But it's probably one of those places that everyone else can miss.
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