Oh, The Places Charlotte Will Go!

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Right, so when you wake up, Your Royal Highness, please allow me and Visit Britain to show you all the wonderful places in the United Kingdom.

I’ll just draft up a lovely little guide so that you can read it at your leisure, ma’am.  I’ve heard that one’s entrance into the world is a bit traumatic (scientific theories and whatnot), and no doubt you’re settling down at Norfolk with a nice cup of tea bottle before bedtime.

Where were we?  Yes, Great Britain! All of the glorious points of interest steeped in history folklore and boasting natural beauty.  Let’s get on with it. 

Kensington Palace

Queen Victoria Statue Kensington palace

Queen Victoria statue outside Kensington palace

Nicknamed “KP,” the palace is actually made up of several private apartments, as well as the King and Queen’s apartments, a public wing for visitors to learn all about your ancestors.  This will be your official residence, which is kind of cool given that dad and Uncle Harry lived here when they were kids.  Your neighbors include Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the latter of whom is a real gas and a great storyteller.

Kensington Palace Gates

Kensington Palace

Sandringham

If you drive 2.5 hours northeast from London, you’ll come across great-granny’s family estate, Sandringham, which has been in your family for 150 years.

Her Majesty was nice enough to gift mummy and dad with Anmer Hall, a 10-bedroom home on the grounds, which you’ll come to cherish because NATURE.

You’ll be able to spend Christmas with your cousins, uncle and other extended family members.  No luck on dining with the adults until you can properly hold a fork and knife, though.

Prince William Kate Middleton Leave St. Mary Magdalene Church Sandringham

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Just look at all of the gorgeous places you can visit in Norfolk, which some have dubbed “The Royal Coast.”

Wells-Next-The-Sea North Norfolk Coast

Sunset at high tide behind the old beach huts at Wells-next-the-sea on the North Norfolk coast.

Hunstanton beach Norfolk Sunset

Hunstanton beach, Norfolk, in spring.

Boats Moored Outside Norfolk Broads

Boats moored outside a pub in Norfolk Broads, England.

Panoramic View River Yare Berney Arms Windmill

The River Yare and Berney Arms Windmill, one of Norfolk’s best and largest extant marsh mills.

Lighthouse Penmon Point Menai Straight

Lighthouse tower on the coast at Penmon Point on the Menai Strait overlooking Puffin Island.

Cambridge

The Old Schools University of Cambridge

The Old Schools, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.

back river cam king's college

Punting along The Backs on the River Cam, King’s College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Your namesake city is also home to one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209.  Your grandfather, the Prince of Wales, earn a bachelor of arts degree from the University  of Cambridge before serving in the Royal Navy.

Lawn Grounds King's College University of Cambridge

Lawn within the grounds of King’s College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Mathematical Bridge Queen's College Cambridge

Mathematical Bridge and Queen’s College, University of Cambridge.

Chapel and grounds Corpus Christi College

The Chapel and grounds of Corpus Christi College, built by Cambridge townspeople in 1352.

Anglesey

Mummy and dad lived up in Anglesey, Wales while daddy was a Search and Rescue pilot, and to this day they reminisce about their time spent in a quaint farmhouse by the Irish sea.

Penmom Priory Isle Anglesey

Penmon Priory on the tip of the Isle of Anglesey, with the Snowdonian mountains in the distance.

“I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey,” William said in the summer of 2013 before he and his family returned to London. “Both of us will miss it terribly when my Search & Rescue tour of duty comes to an end.”

Beaumaris Castle World Heritage Site Wales

Beaumaris Castle, a World Heritage Site on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales.

Scotland

St. Andrews Cathedral Glasgow

St. Andrews Cathedral in Glasgow.

Scotland, my dear, holds many a memory for your parents.  You’ll learn about their love story as you grow up, which started at St. Andrews University.

Town of St. Andrews Coastline

View Over Town Of St Andrews to coastline, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

You’ll also get a chance to visit great-granny’s summer home (Her Majesty’s court moves there from mid-July to October), Balmoral Castle.   This was purchased by your great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Prince Albert for his wife and your great-great-great-great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria in 1852.

Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh Scotland

Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh along the Royal Mile (where great-granny goes for official duties) lies the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  Your father’s cousin, Zara Phillips got married in Edinburgh in 2011, and held her reception at the palace.

You’ll notice the city’s namesake castle, a dominating presence up on a bluff which is now open to tourists.

The View Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, a historic building founded in the 12th century, and a major tourist attraction on Castle Rock above Edinburgh city.

Windsor

Long Walk Windsor Castle

The Long Walk leading to the majestic Windsor Castle, an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today. Visitors can walk around the State Apartments, extensive suites of rooms at the heart of the working palace. For part of the year visitors can also see the Semi State rooms, which are some of the most splendid interiors in the castle. They are furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection including paintings by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence, fine tapestries and porcelain, sculpture and armor.

You’ll probably come to love this area of Berkshire very much.  Great-granny considers Windsor Castle her “home,” despite Buckingham Palace being her official residence.  When your father attended nearby Eton College, he would cross the bridge to have tea with Her Majesty.

River Thames Windsor England

The River Thames runs through Windsor.

Savill Gardens Wooden Gazebo Virginia Water

The picturesque Savill Gardens, and a wooden gazebo set close to Virginia Water within the Great Park at Windsor. To the south of Windsor is The Great Park extending over some 14, 000 acres of which 8, 000 acres are forest.

Castle Hill Next To Windsor Castle

Busy street scene on Castle Hill next to Windsor Castle.

Royal Oak Pub Windsor

The Royal Oak pub with the Round Tower of Windsor Castle behind.

Buckingham Palace

Finally, we arrive back in London, the city of your birth and the place from which your father (and brother, after him) will rule.  Your family will live in Buckingham Palace, and you’ll take part in many an historical engagement, including Trooping of the Colour, which marks the monarch’s official birthday, as well as Remembrance Sunday, a moving ceremony in which Great Britain and Commonwealth countries remember those who lost their lives in battle.

Changing Of the Guard Band Performing

Band performing during The Changing of the Guard ceremony taking place in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace.

You’ll do great, kid.  Spend time with your Uncle Harry, who has carved quite a path for himself despite being dubbed “the spare.”  Be nice to people, remember the legacy laid out before you, and pay attention to stories about your late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.  She was a firecracker, and her generosity knew no bounds.

Ok, that is all.

VisitBritain is a  national tourism agency responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain and for developing the UK’s visitor economy.  Did you know that us yanks made up 2.8 million visits to Britain in 2013 and spent $4.17 billion USD (£2.54 billion). 

Thinking of popping across the pond for a visit? VB’s website provides information for tourists, plus money and time-saving tasks like planning local transport, as well as purchasing attraction, theatre and tour tickets.

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