Travel Picks: Top 10 must-see attractions for UK royalty fans

Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:03am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Dust off your bunting! As if the pomp and circumstance of last year's British royal wedding weren't enough, London is gearing up for a whole new round of celebrations for this spring's Diamond Jubilee.

From the sentimental to the sublime, the travelers and staff of online travel adviser trippy.com (www.trippy.com) have compiled a list of the 10 must-see attractions for fans of UK royalty. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Royal Ascot; Ascot Racecourse, outside London

While it may be one of English society's most lauded events, tickets in the "Silver Ring" can be found in the 16-30 pounds range. For pricier sections, take note: the dress code here is serious. Top hats and morning suits for men, hats with a base of at least four inches for women, so make sure you're prepared!

2. Margaret Tyler; South Kenton, London All hail the Queen! Of royal memorabilia, that is. Margaret Tyler, considered the world's most proficient collector of royal...well, stuff, has turned her home into a virtual shrine to the royal family. Whether it's tea towels, mugs, or life-sized royal cut-outs, you can be sure Ms. Tyler has it.

3. The Household Cavalry Museum; Whitehall, London

While it sounds like the kind of place ripe for a dull school trip, in truth it's anything but. Celebrating the active troops who also provide the queen's ceremonial guard, this small museum is an exciting, colorful collection of exquisite uniforms of and exciting artifacts from the troops who were historically responsible for the sovereign's safety.

4. 60 Coleherne Court; Earls Court, London

It was here that Lady Di as she was then known, spent her single girl days laughing it up with roommates and trying, with limited success, to avoid the press. In fact, it was from this very apartment that "Shy Di" spent what her assigned police officer referred to as her "last night of freedom."   Continued...

 
Tea is poured into a mug using a tea pot from the Diamond Jubilee Collection at the Emma Bridgewater pottery factory in Stoke-On-Trent, February 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Phil Noble