Going to London to See the Queen?

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  1. When you return home from a holiday to London, surprise the smarty pants who quips, “Did you see the Queen?” With these suggested Queenspotting venues and events, you will even have photographic proof.
    Best Places to Catch Sight of Her Majesty In & Around London
    • Buckingham Palace - The Queen’s official London residence is Buckingham Palace, she’s often caught coming & going by car through the main gates. In summer months (July-October) when the palace opens to the public, she heads to Balmoral Estate and Holyroodhouse Palace in Scotland. Look for the Royal Standard flying verses the Union flag (colloquially known as the Union Jack) which indicates Her Majesty’s presence.
    • Windsor Castle - Just 23 miles west of London, and an easy day trip by train, is another of the Queen’s official residences, Windsor Castle. Her Majesty is partial to the medieval town where she tends to spend many weekends and the Easter holiday.
    • Chelsea Flower Show – Making an appearance to formally open London’s premiere flower show each May, the Monarch is often accompanied by members of the royal family on preview day.
    • Trooping the Colour – The Queen processes down The Mall to the annual military ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, commemorating her birthday. She returns to Buckingham Palace by horse drawn carriage in great pageantry, where she gathers with additional members of her family on the balcony for the RAF flypast. It’s a perfect day to spot the Queen if visiting in mid-June.
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      Trooping of the Colour Celebrating Her Majesty's Birthday
      • Royal Ascot – The Queen and Prince Philip never miss a day at the horse track, for the 5 days of Royal Ascot held each June anyway. They have had their share of winners too. Assuring a glimpse, the royals make their grand entrance to the races by carriage procession.
      • State Opening of Parliament - In November or December each year and after a general election the Queen formally opens the parliamentary session. People line Whitehall in hope of a receiving a royal wave when the Queen is escorted by the Household Calvary (in a horse drawn carriage of course) from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.
      • Madame Tussauds - Ok, maybe you may need to fake it if all else fails. Snap a shot of you and a waxwork likeness of The Queen. Perhaps a pose in an embrace, Michelle Obama style, will be convincing.
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        The Royal Standard indicates The Queen is present

    For more royal recommendations, check out our list of favorite London haunts for Wills & Kate and our guide to Royal London.

    flickr image: Jon & Tasmin Slater

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