VisitBritain’s Royal Wedding site which showcases destinations in Britain connected with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been launched.
The new area on the national tourism agency’s online media centre http://media.visitbritain.com is a dedicated resource on all things Royal Britain, with royal itineraries and the latest regal packages, from bling to biscuits and everything in between. Journalists can find HD B-Roll, imagery and story ideas to help with their features and broadcasts over the next few months and beyond to the Diamond Jubilee.
The website will be regularly updated with new content, features, photos, videos and holiday ideas leading up to the day and beyond.
The Royal Britain map below has been created to celebrate ’50 days to go’. It is a great way to kick off the celebrations and is an indicator of what you can expect from VisitBritain leading up to the big day.
Balmoral Castle, Scotland
Balmoral Castle near Aberdeen in Scotland is the Queen’s private residence. Located on a working estate, Balmoral Castle was a favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Estate grounds, gardens and the Castle Ballroom are open to visitors from the beginning of April to July.
St Andrews, Scotland
The University of St Andrews, founded in 1413, is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world, after Oxford & Cambridge and is, of course, the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton met. It sits right on the shoulder of the Royal Kingdom of Fife, on the eastern side of Scotland. Discover the story of William and Kate’s romance and make a pilgrimage to the Old Course at St Andrews Links, the home of golf.
Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland
All aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, once the floating home of the Royal Family. She’s a real beauty and furnished to the exact specifications of Her Majesty. Now docked in Edinburgh, the ship is open to the public all year round. Take tea on the deck, nose around the royal bedrooms and look out for the on-board Garage housing one of Her Majesty’s Rolls-Royces!
The young Windsors have announced their intention to begin their married life near his RAF base in Wales, and will live on the island of Anglesey. The island not only has some of the most stunning beaches in Britain – such as Trearddur Bay but is also home to the station with the longest name in the world at Llanfair, or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, to give it its full name.
Clogau Royal Gold, Wales
Since 1923, when the Queen Mother had her wedding ring made from a nugget of Welsh gold, it has been used for the wedding rings of The Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall. You can buy jewellery from Clogau Gold or take a tour of Dolaucothi Gold Mine at Pumsaint in South Wales.
Perhaps nowhere in the UK is better for spotting royals at ease than the rolling hills and quaintly cute villages of the Cotswolds. Highgrove House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire is The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s family home. You can visit the shop here and book a tour of the gardens at the Highgrove website. You can also enjoy a pint at the Wild Duck at Ewen near Cirencester, a favourite of Prince Harry.
The Queen and her family love to spend Christmas at Sandringham House in Norfolk which has been the private home of four generations of sovereigns. Like Balmoral, Sandringham is located on a working estate and you can stop by to see the museum and wander the grounds, which are open to visitors.
Tess Longfield, Head of International Destination PR, VisitBritain, said: “I am delighted to be able to offer a ‘one stop shop’ to journalists looking for Royal story ideas in the lead up to the big wedding!
“We regard the Royal Wedding as an opportunity to showcase Britain overseas and we have had a huge interest from both domestic and overseas media in our content. The combination of history and pageantry and a young modern couple in love has an international appeal and provides yet another opportunity to inspire overseas visitors to explore Britain.”