By royal appointment

  • Buckingham Palace invites visitors meet the ceremonial horses and sample life in the Royal Mews

    Visitors to the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace are expected to get a “more real experience” of how it operates after changes made to the tour on 30 March.

    The Mews is also planning to open seven days a week during the most popular visiting months.

    “We thought it would be a nice idea to increase public access and hopefully increase public enjoyment of the tour,” said a Mews spokesperson.

    Under the new arrangements, visitors will be able to visit the 34 Cleveland Bay and Windsor Grey horses being groomed and fed in their loose boxes.

    The new tour will also include a special viewing area in the 18th century riding school, where the horses are trained for their public duties.

    It will also demonstrate how the Mews serves the Queen in the performance of her official duties.

    Another of the big attractions is the Gold State Coach, built for George III, which will play a central role in the Golden Jubilee celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show’s, “All the Queen’s Horses” celebrations from 16 to 18 May.

    Visitor information and tickets are available from www.royal.gov.uk or (tel: 020 7321 2233).

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