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Your Personal Invitation to The Grand Royal Tour

2 unforgettable days visiting the British Royal Palaces

Reserve you place on the next Royal Tour:

June 1st and 4th

Special access to the royal palaces only 2 weeks after The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. 

If you would like to book for other dates throughout the year please get in touch and we will be able to accommodate a date that suits you (subject to royal diaries).

Bookings and enquiries:

Email: info@humphreysofhenley.co.uk

Phone: +44 1491 575819

Weekends book up quickly during summer months so, in order to avoid disappointment, book now to reserve your exclusive Royal Tour.

Your tour will include exclusive access to…

St James’ Palace

Stairwell in St James’ Palace

Within the grounds of this palace lies the London residences of The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra. Not open to the public, St James’s is the most senior of the palaces.

Here you will see the State Rooms, Chapel Royal and the Queen’s Chapel by famed architect Inigo Jones. Jones worked primarily during the reigns of James I and Charles I, and was England’s first classical architect.

Buckingham Palace

The Throne Room at Buckingham Palace

 

We are delighted to be able to grant you the type of access to Buckingham Palace usually afforded only to a visiting Head of State or a personal guest of The Queen.

With the palace gates closed to the public, you will be ushered through the Ambassadors’ Entrance, and met by a senior curator from the Royal Collection Trust, such as the Surveyor of the Queen’s Paintings. This senior curator will guide you around the splendour of the nineteen State Rooms and show you the Royal Collection’s many masterpieces – Van Dyck and Canaletto paintings, Canova sculpture, exquisite pieces of Sèvresporcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

You will be privileged to tour the Throne Room, where The Queen receives loyal addresses; the Music Room where guests are presented to the Queen; and perhaps

The White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace

the grandest of all the State Rooms, the White Drawing Room, which serves as a reception room for The Queen and members of the Royal Family to gather before official occasions. Drinks and champagne will be served in the Marble Hall, before you gather on the West Terrace for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your photograph taken with Buckingham Palace as the backdrop.

 

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

 

 

You are invited to a private lunch at Windsor Castle, where your hosts will share a fascinating insight into life at the castle through the generations.

You are invited to the only visit to The Print Room at Windsor Castle, where you will be hosted by Mr Martin Clayton, Head of Prints & Drawings at The Royal Collection.

The greater part of the drawings, watercolours and prints of the Royal Collection are housed in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, which was designed by Prince Albert in the 1850s.  Assembled over the last five centuries, the collection was principally shaped by just three monarchs.  Charles II laid the foundation of the Old Master drawings, acquiring mainly Renaissance works (including the Holbeinsand Leonardos).

George III made substantial additions, mainly through his purchases of two major drawings collections, those of Consul Joseph Smith in Venice and of Cardinal Alessandro Albaniin Rome.  Queen Victoria and Prince Albert commissioned many works from contemporary artists as mementos of their lives together.  Prince Albert also initiated the Raphael Collection, which sought to assemble reproductions (prints and photographs) of every known work by, or deriving from, Raphael, and consists of some 5,500 individual items. An online catalogue of this material is currently in preparation.

Since the nineteenth century, additions have continued to be made, through gift (particularly on State Visits and at Coronations and Jubilees), purchase and commission.  The collection is neither consistent nor comprehensive, but reflects (and often records) the interests and lives of British sovereigns through the last 400 years.

Once public access is closed, you will be invited to the Windsor Castle State Rooms and semi-State Rooms in the company of a senior curator from The Royal Collection, who will lead you on a unique private tour.

If you wish to extend your tour to 3 days we have access to something extra special…

Sandringham

Sandringham is The Queen’s beloved country retreat, and has been the private home for four generations of British monarchs since 1862.  After a tour of the house and champagne in the Ballroom, you will stroll through the gardens to St Magdalene Chapel. This is the quintessential Royal chapel; the place the family worships at Christmas. The sumptuously decorated chancel was a gift to Queen Alexandra by Rodman Wanamaker, an American department store magnate.

Luncheon will be served in the York Cottage Dining Room. A very private place, used only by the Royal Family for shoot lunches and evening barbecues. The public can never gain access – however, by special permission of Her Majesty, access to this little cottage has been granted to you for lunch. An ex-workman’s cottage, this rustic idyll sits right in the heart of the estate. It’s where Her Majesty hosts family lunches and barbecues (usually cooked by Prince Philip). A truly private royal space. Lunch is from Sandringham House and is prepared by a Royal Warrant chef.

In the afternoon, you will visit The Royal Stud at Sandringham and be shown around by the Stud Manager. The Stud is not open to the public, and this behind- the-scenes access to Her Majesty’s breeding programmes will be an inestimable treat for all racing lovers and racehorse owners.