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Dear Royal Baby, Welcome to Britain!

April 14, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Welcome! Your new world is one full of heritage and rich culture, pageantry and beautiful landscapes to play in. There is a lot for you to explore across England, Scotland and Wales as you grow up, but need not fear, we are here to help you find your way.

When you leave the hospital with your parents, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, you will go to Kensington Palace, your official residence, also home to your big brother, Prince George. While you and your family have a private apartment, visitors will come to visit the gardens and the public wing the palace to tour the King’s and Queen’s apartments, which often feature exhibits about your descendants, who have lived and worked in the palace since the 1600’s. Just two hours from Kensington Palace in London, you will also spend a great deal of time at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where your parents and brother have just moved into the newly renovated Anmer Hall. Also known as “The Royal Coast,” Sandringham has been in your family for 150 years; it is also where you will spend Christmas alongside your great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and extended family. In the summer, visitors flock to the estate’s sprawling gardens.

The Queen splits her time between Buckingham Palace in London, the attraction Australia visitors most want to visit on a trip to Britain, and nearby Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world. Prince George has been taking swimming lessons at Buckingham Palace, so get your royal water rings ready! In the average eight weeks a year Buckingham Palace is open to the public; more than 400,000 visitors come through — while Windsor Castle will bring the intrigued travellers through the gates throughout most of the year.

Don’t be surprised if your parents take you up to the northern Welsh island of Anglesey for a quiet retreat to stroll the beaches and even learn to surf; this is where your mother and father first lived when they were married. You will undoubtedly spend time in Scotland; from summers at Balmoral Castle,  the Queen’s beloved Scottish retreat, where travellers can rent cottages on the grounds and explore the gardens, to St Andrews, the meeting place of your parents and home to some of Britain’s most iconic golfing. No royal visit to Scotland is complete without seeing The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty’s official residence, situated in the heart of Edinburgh along The Royal Mile.

While big brother Prince George is due to one day inherit the crown, as fourth-in-line to the throne and the second child, you will be able to have fun discovering Britain’s cultural scene. Your uncle – and father’s younger brother, Prince Harry, has been known to frequent Britain’s world-renowned festivals, which really come to life during the summer season. Glastonbury, the biggest music festival that takes place in Somerset each June, is always extremely popular; aside from featuring some of the biggest pop and rock names from around the globe, the Glastonbury area itself has a lot to offer for festival-goers, or perhaps when you are older your uncle will bring you along to the Secret Garden Party, an independent arts and music festival in the English countryside. Edinburgh is known as “The Festival City,” and is a must-visit for some of the world’s largest festivals year-round.

Sporting – both watching and playing – is a cornerstone of your family fabric. Your late great-great-grandfather and fellow second child, King George VI, even played in Wimbledon before ascending to the throne. If raising a royal racquet isn’t your cup of tea, watching the World’s Oldest Tennis Championship is a highlight of the yearly calendar in and of itself. Football and rugby are at the heart of Britain’s sporting scene and with top teams scattered across the land, there is a plethora of museums to visit, matches to take in and tours to take. While Prince Harry and The Queen are said to favor Arsenal, based at the popular tour stop Emirates Stadium in London, Manchester United and Liverpool FC are big tickets for British Premier League fans to visit as well. If you turn out a rugby fan, this is the perfect year to be born – The Rugby World Cup will take Britain by storm this fall with matches taking place at fifteen stadiums across England and Wales and are all open for visits!

In the heart of London, your hometown and Britain’s capital city, you will find some of the best theatre in the world with award-winning plays around every corner in The West End. The theatre scene has been a staple in the royal cultural guide for centuries, from the newest plays to quintessential productions at The Royal Opera House. London will have something special to offer you for each stage of your life, from playing in one of the eight Royal Parks – including the Princess Diana Memorial Playground to honor your late grandmother, The Princess of Wales, the free museums featuring portraits of your family and acclaimed works of art, to shopping along the Kensington and Knightsbridge high streets and dining at the hottest restaurants you will be spoilt for choice.

As inbound tourism to Britain are at an all-time high and heritage and cultural attractions associated with the royal family are at the top of an Australian’s visit wish list, you have entered a life full of possibilities for exploration.

We all can’t wait to “meet” you!

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