London - Buckingham Palace, Parks and Gardens...

Obviously a trip to London can't be done without a trip to see the Queen. Buckingham Palace is a whirlwind of tourists and monuments to be seen but it's also surrounded by some of the most beautiful parks, which you can walk around or just sit in and take in those beautiful views of the palace whilst daydreaming about what it would be like to be Kate... just me? OK then.

The palace is one of those places where the fun never stops. You may think you have seen it all when you have seen the changing g of the guards (every day at 11am) but you in fact have seen nothing yet.

Apparently during the months of late August and September each year you can book to go into the Palace itself and tour the State Rooms, although they make up just 19 of the 775 rooms you do get a glimpse of life as the Queen. Imagine having 775 rooms? How on earth would you know which one to have your tea in? I'd get lost. Awesome for hide and seek though hey?

Also if you walk beside the South Side of the Palace (Buckingham Gate) you'll find The Queens Gallery, which has changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. These are a real must see as they are a part of history that will never be forgotten and beautiful.

You can visit the Royal Mews too you know? Now see I had no idea what the Royal Mews was/were, uncultured swine that I am, but I do now.

The Royal Mews is an important branch of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office and provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. It is also one of the finest working stables still in existence, responsible for the training of the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the royal carriages.

State vehicles are housed and maintained at the Royal Mews. They include the carriages used for royal and State occasions, such as State Visits, weddings and the State Opening of Parliament. Carriages from the Royal Mews are also used on roughly 50 occasions each year to convey newly appointed High Commissioners and Ambassadors from their official residence to Buckingham Palace to present their credentials to The Queen. Since 1843 the daily messenger Brougham has set out from the Royal Mews to collect and deliver post between Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace. The most dazzling of all coaches housed in the Royal Mews is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821. The latest coach to join the collection of royal coaches is The Diamond Jubilee State Coach which was built to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The parks and gardens surrounding the Palace are some of the most beautifully kept you will see around the city. The large green, tree lined areas are perfect for skipping through the spring flowers, having a summer picnic, a stroll through the Autumn leaves or making the biggest snowman you can in the Winter snow. In the midst of the gardens are some beautiful statues and monuments including the one that you can see in the picture above. The Canadian War Memorial is situated in Green Park by the beautiful gates of the park. It is a lovely tribute to all the Canadian soldiers that came over here to fight for our freedom in the wars and fell in battle. This relatively new edition to the park is a beautiful tribute to all those who gave their lives for us and is visited by many throughout the year.

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