Throngs of people lined the streets of London to glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they passed notable landmarks en route to Buckingham Palace from Westminster Abbey. Follow the trail of the open-topped carriage through the streets of London and make your own procession through the city, visiting palaces, parks and parliament buildings along the way.
Westminster Abbey – the large Gothic church where William and Kate exchanged vows has been the coronation site since the 11th century. It is also the final resting place for numerous monarchs and many of the nation’s most famous poets and writers, including Lord Byron, T.S. Eliot and Charles Dickens. Just behind the Abbey is the Jewel Tower. One of the two remaining sections of the medieval Palace of Westminster, the tower was home to Edward III’s royal treasures and is known as the “King’s Privy Wardrobe”.
Tip: Visit the museum near the cloisters and ask to borrow the monk’s costume for a photo op in the cloisters.
Parliament Square and Big Ben – Parliament Square is an open green space where Westminster Abbey is located. It is also home to the Houses of Parliament, the Supreme Court and London’s iconic clock tower, Big Ben.
Tip: Take a spin on the Millennium Wheel, also known as the London Eye, located just beyond Parliament Square.
Hyde Park – One of the Royal Parks of London, Hyde Park is one of the four parks that link to each other and run through the center of the city. The 360-acre park is a favorite of joggers and is often host to large events, including the large street party and celebration for the royal wedding.
Tip: Take advantage of a sunny day and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful and spacious park.
Buckingham Palace – No visit to London would be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. The primary residence of British monarch Queen Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace has the famous balcony where the Royal Family often greet the public outside and was the setting for the kiss seen round the world by newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. While a royal balcony scene is rare, don’t miss the chance to see the changing of the guards, which happens daily from May until the end of July
Tip: Not close enough to see the changing of the guards? No worries. Head over to Birdcage Walk and watch the soldiers as they march from the barracks.