The whole country will be bowing to Jubilee Fever this week, as The Queen celebrates 70 gracious- sometimes turbulent- years on the throne. From Buckingham Palace to Balmoral, William the Conqueror through Henry the Eighth to Queen Elizabeth II, Britain is packed with royal history and heritage.

Said to be the Queen’s favourite Royal Residence, and one that’s become largely her permanent home in recent years, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Start your visit with a free 30-minute historical tour of the Castle Precincts led by Wardens.

The majestic setting for the Queen’s magnificent coronation in 1953, Westminster Abbey stands at the heart of British constitutional and Royal life. The coronation church since 1066, with the stones of the current Abbey originally laid by Henry III in 1245, people still worship every day at Westminster Abbey, surrounded by more than ten centuries of British history.

The much-loved country retreat of the Queen, Sandringham has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. When Her Majesty’s not in residence, you can tour the ground floor rooms regularly used by the Queen herself, where the contents and decoration have been kept as they were in Edwardian times.

Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. A gem undiscovered by many visitors with their eyes set on Edinburgh Castle or Balmoral, discover its close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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