Royal Summer Sights: Clarence House

So if you are wanting to visit Clarence House this Summer, then you need to get your skates on as the London home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall is only open throughout August. That being said it is well worth the visit.

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Originally built between 1825-27 for The Duke of Clarence, the third son of King George III, one of London’s last remaining aristocratic townhouses was the home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother for five decades following the death of her husband, King George VI, and now is the London residence of Prince Charles and Camilla.

You will be treated to a guided tour of five of Clarence House’s most magnificent rooms. Although only a 45-minute tour, being taken around by a guide is the perfect chance to ask any questions you want to ask about any of the rooms you visit, any of the pictures on display or anything that you think looks out of place – believe me there is always an answer.

As you wind through Clarence House you will notice that the arrangement of the rooms and the groupings of their content remain very much the same as the way The Queen Mother had them – much of Her Majesty The Queen’s collection of art are in their original positions.

The Lancaster Room, off of the hallway, will be your first stop on the tour and during the time of The Duke of Clarence this room was the Equerry’s Room. In the present day, the room is used as a waiting room for official guests who have been invited to Clarence House.

Room number two is just across the hallway and is the Morning Room. The bright and fresh feel to this room is probably down to the large window into the garden added to the room by The Duchess of Kent in 1841.

The Library is your next stop and was often used by The Queen Mother for intimate dinners when she lived at the House. Charles de Gaulle and Nelson Mandela are just two leaders that The Queen Mother dined with during her time at Clarence House.

The Dining Room is a magnificent space. Its 1900’s gilding and ceiling decorations take your breath away and the room is often used for official dinners as well as meetings with Prince Charles and representatives from his many charities.

Your last room on the Clarence House tour is the Garden Room. Created from two rooms that Princess Margaret lived in before her marriage, The Garden Room is also the spot where many famous photos of The Royal Family have been taken including the famous family photo taken on the occasion of The Queen and Prince Philip’s 60th Wedding Anniversary.

As the tour finishes, you are welcome to tour the gardens outside where you will see, amongst other things, the formal garden area added by The Prince of Wales in memory of his Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Shopping

The Clarence House shop is located at the end of your tour and has an extensive range of gifts inspired by the house’s interior and the Royal Collection.

Eating and Drinking

Eating and Drinking is not allowed throughout Clarence House. There are plenty of places to eat and drink outside of Clarence House.

Prices

Adult £10.30
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £10.30
Under 17/Disabled £6.20
Under 5 Free

Photo Credit: Wikimedia

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