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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
Family Activities: Horses Galore event running until Friday 29th May 2015
TIMES Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May 2015 - 11am-4pm  PRICING Free, plus normal admission charges
An Informative tour and art and craft activities.... More about this event
Changing Of The Guard event running until Monday 1st June 2015
TIMES 28th May, 29th May, 31st May and 1st Jun 2015 - 11.30am  PRICING Free
Soldiers from the Queen's Guard march from Wellington Barracks to the forecourt of the palace accompanied by a band, then proceed to change detail in... More about this event
The Gardens Of Evening Mists: Book Club event Tuesday 9th June
TIMES Tuesday 9th June 2015 - 6.30pm-8.30pm  PRICING £15, concs £13.50
Author Lynda Waterhouse discusses Tan Twan Eng's novel.... More about this event
Dividing Up The Garden: Views Of Chiswick House: Talk event Thursday 11th June
TIMES Thursday 11th June 2015 at 12noon and 3pm  PRICING Free, with exhibition ticket
With Rosie Razzall.... More about this event
Airs Du Cour event Wednesday 17th June
TIMES Wednesday 17th June 2015 - 12noon  PRICING Free, with exhibition ticket
Join musicians from the Royal College Of Music for 15-minute recitals exploring a range of music inspired by nature.... More about this event
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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