The Royal Mews Buckingham Palace

The Royal Mews Buckingham Palace

Top Tourist Attractions

The Royal Mews is a mews, or collection of equestrian stables, of the British Royal Family. In London these stables and stable-hands quarters have occupied two main sites in turn, being located at first on the north side of Charing Cross, and then within the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace includes an extensive display of royal carriages and other associated items, and is open to the public for much of the year.

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is a beautiful collection of stables where the elegant carriages and vehicles of the royal family are kept. Here one can see the royal family's dazzling state vehicles, which are used for important events like royal weddings, coronations, and state visits.  The magnificent horses, the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays are responsible to draw the carriages and special coaches such as the Gold State Coach and Diamond Jubilee State Coach.

One of the real treats when visiting the Royal Mews is that one gets to watch the horses undergoing training.  They need special training so they do not get skittish in front of large crowds and can deal with loud noises and people waving flags.

Attractions at the Mews

The Gold State Coach

It’s a dazzling, living part of British history. The iconic carriage which featured spectacularly at Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee pageant is on display at the Royal Mews. At 260 years old it has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821. Queen Elizabeth II used it on her Coronation Day. The Gold State Coach is the third oldest surviving coach in the UK. The coach is made of a thin layer of gold leaf over wood, and it features magnificently painted panels of Roman gods and goddesses.

The Diamond Jubilee coach

It was made in 2014 and comes with all the mod cons like electric windows, a heater, and air-conditioning. State-of-art compared to the other state coaches it’s packed full of extraordinary history.

Integrated into the coach are timbers from the Tower of London and pieces from the Mary Rose. The wooden crown on top contains wood from Admiral Nelson’s flagship the HMS Victory and fragments of wood from the Antarctic base camps used by Captain Rober Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. And it doesn’t end there, other historical elements include a musket ball from the Battle of Waterloo and a piece of Florence Nightingale’s dress. Essentially making it a mobile time capsule.

Queen Alexandra’s State Coach

This fairy-tale carriage was made in 1865 for Alexandra, the Princess of Wales. Its main duty is to carry the Imperial State Crown (along with the Sword of State and the Cap of Maintenance) to the Palace of Westminster for the annual State Opening of Parliament.

Scottish State Coach

The coach is occasionally used for state processions in London. It also featured in Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle and the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo in 2016.

Glass Coach

This coach was purchased for the coronation of King George V in 1911. Its unusual name comes from the fact that glass is used in all the bodywork panels except for the rear. It has been used for several royal weddings, usually to carry the bride to the ceremony.

The Glass Coach is usually the second in the procession to the State Opening of Parliament, behind the monarch's carriage. Events during Elizabeth II's reign it has carried her ladies in waiting and her Master of the Horse.

Royal Motor Cars

The Royal Mews is not just home to royal carriages but also a fleet of royal automobiles. One of the royal motor cars is a Rolls Royce Phantom IV, the most expensive car ever made by Rolls Royce. The royal collection of motor cars includes three Rolls Royce, three Daimlers, and two Bentleys. There are also a pair of green stretch limousines by Jaguar used on informal public occasions.

Father Christmas' Sleigh

Part of the Royal Mews collection is a small horse-drawn sleigh used by the Jolly Old Elf himself to distribute Christmas gifts to the children who live in the Royal Mews. The sleigh is decorated with tinsel and holiday bells.

Activities for children

  • Tack Up a Wooden Pony: In the State Stables children can have a go at tacking up a wooden pony to get it ready to pull a carriage.
  • Livery: You can dress up as a footman in specially created livery for children and adults. 
  • Try Out a Royal Carriage: Imagine stepping into a royal carriage, sitting down, and practicing your regal waving just as Queen Victoria did in 1897. One can experience this with the replica Semi-State Landau.

Shopping

Delight loved ones with luxurious gifts like books, chinaware, delicious treats, sparkling jewels, and luxury homeware.

The Royal Mews is a fascinating day out and seeing the carriages up close is an experience to cherish for a lifetime. A good way to get a "royal dimension" to a visit to London.

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