2013 is the Time to Visit Family-Friendly Britain
TORONTO, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The news of the birth of the Duke and
Duchess's son was announced today with an easel proclaiming the birth
standing outside Buckingham Palace, just as Prince William's birth was
announced in 1982. VisitBritain offers suggestions of where visitors
can take in the Royal sights and the best of family-friendly Britain.
For more travel ideas on Britain, www.visitbritain.com.
The young family will make their home at Kensington Palace, where the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry grew up. The royal homes
are in the private side of Kensington Palace, but visitors can explore
the side open to the public, and see the King's and Queen's State
Apartments. With such a glamorous and stylish mother, the new baby is
likely to be equally well dressed. Visiting aspiring little princesses
and princes can gain inspiration from the new prince's ancestors at the
new Fashion Rules exhibition at the Palace, featuring dresses of the Queen, her sister
Princess Margaret and Diana, the Princess of Wales.
The Duke of Cambridge took his first steps in public on the grounds of
Kensington Palace. A popular place for parents to take their kids to
play is the Diana Memorial Playground. It was inspired by J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan stories and features an
enormous pirate ship. Just a five-minute walk from Kensington Gardens,
this is a must-visit for families.
He may be christened in a replica of an intricate Honiton lace and satin
gown, from Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, which has been used as far
back as 1841. Prince William and his father were both christened
wearing the original gown in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Travelers can visit Buckingham
Palace, home to the baby's great grandmother, The Queen, through the
summer. A new special exhibition celebrates the Queen's Coronation 60 years ago, displaying the robes
worn, the Diamond Diadem and even the personal invitation sent to
four-year-old Prince Charles for the occasion—allowing visiting
families to experience history first-hand! Open July 27 - September 29.
The Duke and Duchess's country house will be at Amner Hall in Norfolk, England. The Royal Family spends Christmas just down the road at Sandringham, the Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty The Queen. Open to the public,
visitors have the opportunity to personally experience what makes the
estate such a special place including the house and exquisite gardens.
Sandringham's Country Park offers 600 acres of beautiful land—plenty of
ground for all members of the family to explore and enjoy. There are
also holiday cottages for visitors who want to vacation on the
grounds. Open March 30 - November 3, except July 27 - August 2.
Anglesey, Wales where the couple began their married life together is an ideal
backdrop for a family vacation. Pristine beaches such as Newborough
are great splash pads for families. The White Eagle pub, where the couple has been known to dine, offers scenic views and a
yard for children to play. Kate might want to pick up some cute
outfits for her son at Tinkers and Belles in Beaumaris, a charming seaside town that is home to Beaumaris Castle.
Returning to Scotland where the couple met, the Earl and Countess of
Strathearn, as the new parents are known in these parts, may want to
dress their newborn in traditional Scottish wear. Little Legs Baby Kilts is a Glasgow-based company that specializes in making sure tiny ones
can stay true to their Scottish heritage. When they decide it's time to
take baby back to St Andrews to show him where his parents met, he can look the part! The St Andrews Aquarium would be a great stop for family fun and learning. Whether it's sharks,
seals or penguins that catch your eye, there is something for everyone
in the family to enjoy here.
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