Unfortunately, the chance of us visiting our favourite royal attractions this Summer are looking increasingly less likely. However, do not despair as many royal residences are offering fans a virtual tour of the building instead. Okay, it isn’t exactly the same is it but it is the best we are going to get this year and surely virtually visiting a place we love is the next best thing?

Let’s take a look at some of the Royal buildings offering us a virtual tour!

Buckingham Palace

Do we really need to describe Buckingham Palace? An iconic building in its own right and the London residence and headquarters of Her Majesty The Queen. Often described as ‘the office’, Buckingham Palace was first used as a royal residence by Queen Victoria and in the present day is used as a focal point for national celebrations such as Jubilees, Trooping the Colour or VE Day celebrations.

Buckingham Palace have made their virtual tour so simple to use. Each part of the palace that you would visit on an actual tour have been immortalised on screen. There are even some snippets of useful information as you glide through the magnificent State Rooms.

Find this virtual tour here: https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

Windsor Castle

While only giving us virtual access to three of Windsor Castle’s magnificent rooms, this tour is still worth a look at. On this virtual tour we get to see the Waterloo Chamber, Crimson Drawing Room and State Banquet Hall and all are just as splendid as each other.

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Windsor Castle

Again, snippets of information are provided in each room really giving us the sense that we are being personally guided around this vast fortress.

Find this virtual tour here: https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-windsor-castle

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Of course The Queen’s official residence in Scotland has to be part of the virtual tours we take this Summer. In the present day, the Palace of Holyroodhouse plays hosts to all walks of Scottish life and hosts investitures, garden parties and other royal events.

From personal experience when visiting the Palace you will feel more like you are walking round someone’s home than a royal palace. However, as you can’t visit anytime soon a virtual tour is on offer. The tour will take you around the Great Staircase, Morning Drawing Room and King’s Bedchamber.

Find this virtual tour here: https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-palace-holyroodhouse

Clarence House

Back in 2018, Prince Charles and Clarence House teamed up with Google to offer royal fans a virtual tour of Clarence House. This tour really is something special for as well as giving you the virtual walkthrough the house it also offers some history to the house, some unseen family pictures in the garden of Clarence House and some snippets of various royal’s who have lived at the London mansion.

It is said that Prince Charles has left each room in Clarence House pretty much as The Queen Mother had it when she lived there – you can definitely see a sense of The Queen Mother’s style in each virtual walkabout.

Find this virtual tour here: artsandculture.google.com

Highgrove Gardens

Another team effort between Prince Charles and Google, this tour allows the viewer a virtual tour of Highgrove Gardens. Highgrove House in Gloucestershire is the personal residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and has been in the hands of Charles since 1980.

Like the Clarence House tour, this virtual view gives us a tour of the gardens as well as videos on Highgrove and unseen photos. My favourite has to be the photo of the Highgrove chickens taken in 2017. What is your favourite?

Find this virtual tour here: artsandculture.google.com

Westminster Abbey

Although not a royal residence, Westminster Abbey has played host to the most magnificent of royal events over the last one thousand years including Coronations, royal weddings, royal funerals and worship services.

If you are a royal fan then Westminster Abbey is steeped in royal history and it is a must for a virtual tour. Many of the main features of the Abbey are included in the virtual tour including the Quire, Lady Chapel and Poets Corner.

Find this virtual tour here: www.westminster-abbey.org

Tower of London

This vast London fortress is the last of our choices in this tour of virtual visits. The Tower of London or known officially as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of The Tower of London was built by William The Conqueror in 1078.

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Tower of London

Today, the Tower is one of Britain’s most famous and most busiest tourist attractions and is under the ceremonial charge of the Constable of the Tower. The property is cared for by Historic Royal Palaces and is protected as a World Heritage Site.

Find this virtual tour here: www.youvisit.com

So there we have it. We may not be able to visit our favourite royal places this year, but that does not mean we cannot bring our favourite royal places in to our own homes!

Happy Virtual Royal Touring!

Photo Credits: Wikimedia &N.H Fischer 

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