London PassFree entry to the Royal Mews If you buy a London Pass then you’ll be entitled to free entry at the Royal Mews, plus another 80 tourist attractions, galleries and museums
ViatorRoyal Mews, Changing the Guard, Afternoon Tea Watch Changing the Guard and see the Queen’s golden coach at the Royal Mews, then enjoy a classic English afternoon tea
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The Royal Mews are the working stables of Buckingham Palace. Around thirty different horses are stabled at any one time, mainly of the Cleveland Bays breed. There are also a few Windsor Greys, who by tradition pull the Queen’s carriage.
Also on display are the Royal Family’s State coaches. Pride of place goes to the Gold State Coach – built for George III in 1762 and covered in 22-carat gold leaf. It is has been used at every coronation for 300 years.
A team of eight horses is needed to pull its colossal weight – more than 4 tonnes – and riders report that it is a most uncomfortable journey!
Other famous carriages include the Irish State Coach (so-called because it was made in Dublin for Queen Victoria), which can be seen at the Opening of Parliament, and the Glass State Coach, bought by George V for use at royal weddings.
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