Royal Wedding Package Features Tours Led by Royal Associates
Just in time for the Royal Wedding, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London has put together an exclusive vacation package that includes tours led by associates of the royal family, exclusive access to world-class museums and restaurants, and a front-row seat for the Royal Wedding parade.
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The seven-day itinerary includes deluxe accommodations at the hotel; tours of famous sites such as Kensington Palace, Chartwell, Spencer House, Althorp and Westminster Abbey; and visits to famous institutions such as The British Museum, The Wallace Collection and Institute of Contemporary Art.
A member of Winston Churchill's famous will lead a tour of Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill's family home in Kent since 1924. At Althorp, the ancestral home of Diane Princess of Wales' family since 1508, a member of the Spencer family -- one of Britain's aristocratic dynasties that have been in residence at Althorp since 1469 -- will host lunch.
On April 29, the day of the Royal Wedding, guests will visit the Institute of Contemporary Art on The Mall and have exclusive access to the roof terrace that will lend unrestricted views of the Royal Wedding parade route. Guests will toast the new bride and room with a glass of champagne before being served a three course lunch in the gallery.
Directors and curators of other famous places and museums on the itinerary will lead private tours of the properties and collections.
The hotel where guests will stay comes with its share of royal history as well. Long the setting for royal visits, society balls and official engagements, the ballroom is also where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Margaret first learned to dance. Prince Charles and Princess Anne visited the tearooms as children and more recently, Baroness Margaret Thatcher's 80th birthday party was held at the hotel and attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
Prices for the Royal Wedding Tour package start at $18,120 per person or $30,146 double occupancy. The tour is valid between April 26 and May 1 only.
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