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Royal Residences used in The Royal Wedding

 

Buckingham Palace took centre stage during the Royal Wedding, its balcony provided the setting for the newly married couple's first public kiss, and its stately rooms played host to the wedding reception. You can take a look inside the palace and Clarence House, where Prince William spent his last night as a single man, when the royal residences open their doors to the public during the summer months.

 
 
Royal Residences used in The Royal Wedding
 

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A 1AA
Buckingham Palace, England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, was the venue for the two receptions held on the Royal Wedding day. Perhaps more importantly, the Buckingham Palace balcony was the spot where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave the crowd what they were waiting for: their first public kiss. The couple also spent the first night of their married life at the palace. Following the fly-by the wedding party went inside the palace to join 650 special guests for a breakfast buffet. The focus of the daytime reception was the palace's picture gallery, where the wedding cake was displayed surrounded by priceless paintings by Canaletto, Rembrandt and Rubens. In the evening there was a more intimate evening reception for 300 family and close friends. The palace’s elegant Throne Room – where the official pictures were taken – was done up like a nightclub for the evening, complete with neon-lit bar serving champagne, spirits and Mojito cocktails, a stage for the band, DJ booth, dance floor and chill out area. The disco was run by the team from Maggie's, a retro 1980s themed, Sloane-filled club on the Fulham Road. The evening party began with a champagne reception in The State Apartments with guests sipping bubbly against a backdrop of paintings by Velazquez, Rubens and Van Dyck. Dinner took place in the Ballroom where guests were treated to a menu of British food created by the leading chef Anton Mosimann OBE, owner of the Mosimann's private dining club in Belgravia where Prince William and his bride are regulars (see caterers for more information). Buckingham Palace is open to the public during the summer, when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland during August and September, and you can visit all nineteen state rooms including those used by the royals on their wedding day.
 
 
Current events at Buckingham Palace
The Early Music Show: Garden Of Early Delights event Tuesday 31st March
TIMES Tuesday 31st March 2015 - 7pm  PRICING Free
A special evening of live music as part of BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show, presented by Lucie Skeaping.... More about this event
Family Activities: Easter Egg Hunt At The Royal Mews event Sunday 5th April
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Royal Residences used in The Royal Wedding
 

Clarence House

St James's Palace, London, SW1 1BA
 
The official London residence of The Prince of Wales, his wife The Duchess of Cornwall and his son, Prince Harry, Clarence House was the location from where the groom and his best man departed for Westminster Abbey. Members of the public can enjoy a tour of the historic Clarence House during the summer months, from August to September, and see where the groom spent his last night as a bachelor. This is also where the bride and groom came to get changed for the evening reception with Kate exchanging her voluminous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress for an easier to dance in satin gazar evening dress, also designed by Sarah Burton. A tour of the John Nash designed Clarence House – only possible in the summer – includes the chance to see some of Queen Elizabeth's famous art collection which boasts some particularly fine 20th-century paintings by John Piper, Graham Sutherland, WS Sickert and Augustus John. Superb examples of Fabergé, English porcelain and silver, as well as pieces relating to the Bowes-Lyon family, the Queen Mother’s family, are also on display throughout the five ground-floor rooms where the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall hold their official engagements.
 
 
More info: Clarence House Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube

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