"Tour Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews" Buckingham Palace Tip by no1birdlady

Buckingham Palace, London: 423 reviews and 701 photos

  The horse that pulled the Royal Carriage
by no1birdlady

September is one of the times that Buckingham Palace is open to the public for tours so we signed up for one at our hotel. The bus picked us up and took us first to the Royal Mews where we saw not only the magnificent Royal Coach but all of the other royal vehicles and the horses used to pull the Royal Coach. The term "mews" comes from the days of falconry when falcons were caged when they molted. Mews came to mean stables from that. We watched men training the horses that will one day pull the royal coach. They use loud music while training so the horses will get used to performing in that situation because they will be pulling the coach in parades with bands and other noise. There are also cars here at the mews. King Edward bought the first one in 1901. A Bentley was given to the Queen and is on display. The 1978 Rolls Rooyce is said to be Queen Elizabeth's favorite car. Prince Charles has a London cab.
After this we went to a line to go into the palace. There are over 20 magnificent rooms used by the queen for state occasions. We were not allowed to take photos in there but there were wonderful post cards of the rooms for sale. We came out at the back of the palace and wandered through the 40 acres of beautiful gardens to get out where our bus picked us up.

Address: The Mall, SW1
Directions: Green Park tube
Phone: info. +44 020 77992331 (24 hr)
Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 25, 2005
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