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Days out: royal London

June 2012

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The UK's monarchy is a fascinating part of its history, and many of our palaces and royal residences are open to the public. Lucy Thackray counts down some of the best of royal London
King Henry VIII entertains visitors to Hampton Court Palace with a spectacular Tudor tournament over a bank holiday weekend
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1. Kensington Palace Reopened in March 2012 after a two-year, multi-million pound makeover, Kensington Palace is most famous as the one-time residence of Princess Diana. Find out its lifelong connection with Queen Victoria, plus other human stories behind the monarchs and courtiers who lived there. Read more

2. The Tower of London It may no longer be the case that you'll be hauled to the tower if you offend Queen or country, but this impressive fortress on the north bank of the Thames is now open to explore. Weave through its cobbled paths and archways to discover the ghost stories and superstitions surrounding this former royal prison. Read more

3. The Crown Jewels Housed at the heart of the Tower of London, Britain's Crown Jewels are a priceless collection of state crowns, scepters and other regalia boasting some of the world's most extraordinary diamonds. Restructured in spring 2012, the Jewel House now focuses on the centuries-old coronation ceremony. Read more

4. Hampton Court Palace This glorious palace, with its famous maze and immaculate gardens, is best known for being the home of King Henry VIII. Actors and tour guides bring his story to life in the ample grounds, huge kitchens and solemn chapels. Art exhibitions can now be found along the more famous features like the maze. Read more

5. Guided tours and groomed gardens Who hasn't dreamed of looking out at the city from their own palace? From world-famous Buckingham to the Queen's official residence, Windsor Castle, London's royal buildings are full of fascinating nooks and intriguing stories. Read more

Posted by Lucy Thackray

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