The residences and palaces of the royal family in London

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Do you know the palaces where the Queen and the Royal Family reside in London? Here is the opportunity to discover their living environment and immerse yourself in the history of the British monarchy.
Some of these residences are open to the public either year round or occasionally.

Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh but also the London home of the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

From July to October, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public who can visit part of the Queen's Apartments (State Rooms), and the gardens.

Booking the visit is essential and even compulsory. As the palace is only open a few months a year, visitors from all over the world come to discover the Queen's apartments.

A little advice, anticipate and book your visit several days in advance directly on the Great Britain Tourist Office website



Metro bus Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria11, 211, 239, C1, C10


Kensington Palace


Since the end of 2013, the kensington palace is the official residence of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton as well as their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Since their wedding in 2018, the palace has also been the official home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Some parts of the palace are open to the public, such as the spectacular cupola room and the king's gallery decorated with a collection of XNUMXth century paintings. In addition, an exhibition is devoted to the ceremonial dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.

During your visit, stroll through the beautiful Italian garden and discover the famous Mémorial Playground, created after the death of Princess Diana.

Information and reservations on the website of the British Tourist Office


Metro bus Queensway, Bayswater, Notting Hill Gate, High Street Kensington9, 10, 12, 27, 28, 31, 49, 52, 70, 94


Saint James Palace


St James Palace is one of the oldest palaces in London. Tudor style, it was built by Henry VIII in the middle of the XNUMXth century for his second wife Ann Boleyn,.
Today it is occupied by Princess Anne - known as the “Princess Royal” - and Princess Alexandra. It also accommodates the offices of the Court and the official apartments.

St James's Palace is not open to the public.


Metro bus Green Park9 , 14, 19, 22, 38, C2, N9, N19, N22, N38, N97


Clarence House


Adjacent to St James Palace, Clarence House has been the official residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall since 2003.

Built in 1825, by John Nash, Clarence House was for 5 decades the official residence of the Queen Mother.

Open to the public every year in August.

Iinformation and reservations on the Clarence House website.


Metro bus Green Park9 , 14, 19, 22, 38, C2, N9, N19, N22, N38, N97


Windsor Castle


Le Windsor Castle is the preferred residence of Queen Elizabeth II where she stays with the Duke of Edinburgh on weekends, Easter, during Ascot horse races and for the services of theOrder of the Garter.

With its 1000 rooms and a total area of ​​52 m000, Windsor is the largest castle in the world but also the oldest inhabited castle in the world where the Queen welcomes state visits and foreign presidents.

You can book your entry either on the GetYourGuide website, or on the website of the British Tourist Office


The castle can be reached from 2 London stations: Waterloo station and Paddington station. The journey time from these two stations is different.

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