Top 10 Places to See the Queen
In fact, VisitBritain has gone so far as to create a top 10 list of places to spot the Queen, at her favorite abodes and activities.
Buckingham Palace, London, England Buckingham
Palace is not only a London landmark but the official London residence of the British monarch. And 19 state rooms are open to the public for viewing each summer, from late July through early October, with complimentary audio tours. "Visitors to the palace should be sure to keep their eyes peeled; Her Majesty has been spotted strolling the gardens with her Corgi dogs and is known to enjoy a sneaky peek at visitors admiring her home," VisitBritain said.
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Not far from London and easily accessible by train, Windsor Castle is one of the Queen's official residences and where she spends most weekends. The palace is open year-round, and according to VisitBritain, visitors have been known to spot the Queen through the windows overlooking her garden. Your chances go up if you visit around Easter, when she takes up residence for a month.
According to the VisitBritain folks, the Queen has been spotted in Wales where Prince William, her grandson, is training in Anglesey to become a search and rescue helicopter pilot. (If you want to spot the Prince, he's been known to sample the fare at an Anglesey burger van, "The Flaming Grill," that he likes so much he gave them the Royal Seal of Approval).
Balmoral Estate, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
One of the monarch's favorite summertime retreats, Balmoral, surrounded by beautiful scenery that includes mountains and river valley. You can actually rent a cottage on property at the Balmoral estate. The grounds, gardens and exhibitions are open to the public from April 1 through July 30.
Queen's Birthday Celebrations, London, England
The Trooping the Color is an annual event to mark the Queen's official birthday. It's held every June in central London, and is considered the biggest royal event of the year. Her Majesty the Queen always attends.
Royal Ascot, Ascot, Berkshire, England
The Queen and Prince Phillip are fans of the horses, and there is a good chance of spotting both in a horse-drawn carriage during the Royal procession that opens the races. Dating back to 1711, these prestigious races are held annually in the third week of June. Her Majesty has owned 20 winners over the years.
Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland
Holyrood Palace is used by the Queen for one week at the beginning of each summer when she carries out what officials describe as "a range of official engagements and ceremonies.' The palace is best known, however, as home of Mary, Queen of Scots, Her Majesty has often been spotted leaving Holyrood in her car - chauffeur driven of course.
Chelsea Flower Show, London, England
As Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Queen regularly attends the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show. The event is a regular fixture in the Royal calendar. It's held in late May.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee, London, England
In 2012, London will both host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The specific events have yet to be announced, but tourism officials say there will many opportunities to spot the Queen.
Madame Tussauds, London, England
Okay, maybe it's a little cheesy, but you can pose for a photo with the Queen at Madame Tussauds. Her Majesty can always be spotted there, or at least a waxwork version of her, along with the likes of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their two sons William and Harry.
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