Who tuned in to watch the Royal wedding? We certainly did and loved every second of this historic moment as Prince Harry married the love of his life, Meghan Markle. With so much hype around the Royal family, we thought we’d share the connections between royalty and Grand UK Holidays, including some magnificent tours.
We start our journey just down the road from our Head Office as we head to Sandringham, the beautiful country estate Her Majesty The Queen loves to escape to. Not only is it in our home county, but it is a place we often visit with a private tour of the grand house and gardens. You probably won’t bump into The Queen, but you will find yourself dreaming of living like Her Majesty as you stroll around the impressive grounds.
Wight Royal Connections
The Isle of Wight is famed for its ties with Royalty, and is centre of one of our most popular holidays; Wight Royal Connections lets you enjoy 5 days on the beautiful Diamond Isle, with incredible tours of some very regal properties.
Your first adventure into the world of the Royals is a visit to St Mildred’s Church in Whippingham, which was built by Prince Albert and regularly attended by Queen Victoria. This wonderfully ornate church is a delight to the eyes.
The second part of your day is spent visiting the well-known Osborne House. The Victorian mansion was a seaside retreat for Queen Victoria, and another building designed by Prince Albert. Built in 1845 by Thomas Cubitt, it was styled on Italian Renaissance palazzo, and as you’ll see it is a very pretty place, not only in terms of the structure, but also the surroundings.
Did you know the Isle of Wight was one of our most popular destinations in 2017
The next full day excursion takes you on the sea over to Portsmouth to the Royal Naval Historic Dockyard where you can find out about Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose. You’ll get to explore the harbour on a fascinating boat cruise.
The final half day discovery is Carisbrooke Castle, the place in which King Charles I was famously imprisoned and executed for high treason. The castle has a 1,000 year history where it has been a Saxon fortress, a Norman conquest, an Elizabethan artillery and a royal summer residence. Now, it is a fun-filled educational place to visit with a museum and beautiful gardens to savour.
It’s not just destinations that are linked to the Royal family throughout the years that we visit. We also head to places with the Royal seal of approval. The Royal Horticultural Society provide us with many a colourful flower show to visit, most of which are always in a grandiose locations such as Hampton Court or Chatsworth House.
The Royal city of Edinburgh is a very popular holiday destination, with the Scottish capital playing host to a whole range of activities, including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a music concert performed by British Armed Forces, Common Wealth and Military bands, all with stunning Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop.
From the Armed Forces to the Royal Air Force, where there is even more heritage and history, and one we give you the opportunity to delve into on our Battle of Britain tour, which takes you to Lincolnshire to visit RAF bases, the Aviation Heritage Centre and Thorpe Camp.
You’ll get to unlock the stories behind the ‘Dambusters’ squadron, the famous AVRO Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ and watch a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby.
These are just a selection of the connections between Grand UK Holidays and the Royals, but do you have an interesting tale or connection? We’d love for you to share it with us either here, using the comments section below, or on our Facebook or Twitter page.