Join Prima editor Jo Checkley on a three-day London tour following in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle and more

We have enjoyed every moment of the fairy-tale romance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex here at Prima. From Prince Harry's down-to-earth proposal (over a roast chicken!), to their wonderful wedding day at Windsor Castle, Meghan's pregnancy and their first royal tour together, the enchanting young couple have captured our hearts, as well as those of others around the world.

On a new three-day break exclusively for Prima readers, you'll get to visit the places that have formed the backdrop to their magical modern love story. You'll stay at the four-star Copthorne Tara hotel in west London for two nights, just a short walk away from Kensington Palace, the place the couple first called home. You'll be given a guided tour of the palace and gardens as well as a talk on the royals, before enjoying a very special royal afternoon tea in Kensington Palace Pavilion, where you'll be joined by your host, Prima editor Jo Checkley.

Also included in the trip is an exclusive buttonhole workshop in the studio of Philippa Craddock, the royal florist behind Harry and Meghan's stunning floral displays, a tour of the couple's wedding venue, Windsor Palace, with the chance to relive moments from that magical day, plus a river boat cruise on the Thames.

Meet Prima's editor at Kensington Palace

Enjoy a wonderful day at this majestic Royal Palace, including the opportunity to spend time in the beautiful Sunken Garden, where The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their official engagement pictures taken. This was also Diana Princess of Wales' favourite garden and was re-planted with white flowers in her memory two years ago. You'll meet Prima editor Jo Checkley during a glamorous Royal afternoon tea at Kensington Palace Pavilion.

Royal floristry workshop

Philippa Craddock is the florist who created Harry and Meghan's magnificent wedding flowers, including the now iconic archway of tumbling foliage that featured in their photos. Readers will visit Philippa's studio in central London and create their very own floral buttonhole during a private workshop.

Windsor Castle visit

Home to the world's largest and oldest inhabited castle and the location of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018, Windsor Castle has been hosting royal nuptials for 900 years. A Blue Badge guide will explain how these magnificent celebrations have evolved into the moving ceremonies we see today. You'll also have time to visit St George's Chapel, where the couple exchanged their vows, stand on the spot where they had their first married kiss and follow the route their carriage took through the streets of Windsor. You will also visit the elegant Windsor Guildhall, where HRH Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, and enjoy a scenic Thames river boat trip from Windsor to Boveney Lock, with stunning views of Windsor Castle, Eton College, Mill House, Windsor Racecourse and Brocas Meadows.

Stay in the heart of the capital

The Copthorne Tara hotel is just minutes away from Kensington High Street and the Royal Albert Hall, not to mention Kensington Palace itself. The Natural History Museum, Design Museum, V&A, and Hyde Park are on your doorstep, too. It's the perfect base for exploring the capital.

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Jo Checkley
Editor of Prima

The editor of Prima magazine, Jo Checkley, is an experienced journalist and married mum of two sons. She is full of knowledge and looking forward to sharing a few secrets with guests on the tour.

“I’m thrilled to be joining you for afternoon tea at Kensington Palace. Feel free to ask anything you like about Prima – who knows, I may let slip a secret or two!”

Jo Checkley

Price includes

  • Two nights' stay at the four-star Copthorne Tara Hotel with breakfast and welcome lunch
  • Visit to Kensington Palace and Gardens and royal afternoon tea hosted by Prima editor Jo Checkley
  • Exclusive buttonhole workshop with royal florist Philippa Craddock (all materials provided)
  • Visit to Windsor Palace & Gardens and Windsor Guildhall
  • Thames river boat cruise
  • Transfers and transport costs
  • Royal Blue Badge guide and talk on the royal family
  • Services of an ECT tour manager

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Aug 17, 2019
To
Mon, Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£630*
* From price based on two sharing, single supplement: £95pp. Offer is subject to availability and to the booking conditions of ECT Travel. Please call for more information.
Call now to book 01225569407
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Tea at Kensington Palace and floristry workshop
    Kensington/London, United Kingdom

    You will be met by your Blue Badge guide for a light lunch at the hotel. Your Blue Badge guide will give you an informal talk on the royal family and the modern royals, ahead of escorting you to Kensington Palace. (10 minute walk)

    Modern royals at Kensington Palace
    Kensington Palace is the official residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and previous residents include Diana, Princess of Wales, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret.

    You'll embark on a self-guided tour of the magnificent royal palace and spend some time in the beautiful gardens at Kensington Palace, including Diana Princess of Wales' favourite Sunken Garden, which was re-planted in 2017 in her memory. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose this spot as the location for the official photo call marking the announcement of their engagement.

    Next you'll transfer to Kensington Palace Pavilion for a delicious royal afternoon tea. This is the only place in London where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the grounds of a royal palace. You'll be joined here by Jo Checkley, editor of Prima, in a meet and greet.

    Royal Florist experience with Philippa Craddock
    Philippa Craddock is the renowned royal florist who created Harry and Meghan's magnificent wedding displays. She is also the preferred partner to prestigious institutions including Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, Hampton Court Palace and the Victoria & Albert Museum. This afternoon you'll have the exclusive chance to create your own buttonhole in a private floral workshop at Philippa's studio. Stay tonight at your four-star Kensington hotel.

    Meals - Lunch
  2. Day
    2
    Royal Weddings at Windsor Castle
    Windsor, United Kingdom

    Transfer to historic Windsor, home to the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen's favourite weekend home. Windsor is famous for its royal connections and is steeped in the pageantry and history of the royal family.

    Windsor Castle - exclusive royal weddings tour
    The marriage of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 was part of a 900 year old tradition of royal weddings at Windsor Castle. A specialist Blue Badge guide will be on hand to explain how royal weddings at Windsor Castle have evolved into the moving ceremonies and magnificent celebrations shared across the world.

    You will also have time to explore the castle and grounds at your leisure. Why not visit St George's Chapel, where the couple exchanged their vows, stand on the spot where they had their first wedded kiss, follow the route of their wedding carriage through the streets of Windsor, or take a stroll up the Long Walk? Your Blue Badge Guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

    Historic Windsor Guildhall and Thames river boat cruise
    After free time for lunch and to explore the historic town centre, we will make a visit to the elegant Windsor Guildhall, a Grade I-listed building completed in 1689 and steeped in history. The intimate Ascot Room was chosen by HRH Prince Charles for the civil ceremony in which he married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.

    You'll end the day on a scenic riverboat travelling from Windsor Promenade upstream to Boveney Lock, with views of Windsor Castle, Eton College, Mill House, Windsor Racecourse and Brocas Meadows. The view of the castle from the river is undoubtedly the finest there is, making this trip excellent for those visiting Windsor for the first time.

    Spend the evening at leisure before another night at Copthorne Tara Hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast
  3. Day
    3
    Final morning at leisure
    Kensington/London, United Kingdom

    Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel and spend the morning at your leisure. You may decide to stroll to Kensington Palace or browse the shops and cafés on High Street Kensington.

    You'll check out of the hotel at noon, when your tour ends.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Copthorne Tara Hotel

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Kensington/London, United Kingdom

A three-minute walk from Kensington High Street, within easy reach from the shops and restaurants of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill.

Tucked away down a quiet road off High Street Kensington, the Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is just a two-minute walk from the tube station and the local shops. The spacious 833-room hotel is near the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace.

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Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Aug 17, 2019
To
Mon, Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£630*
* From price based on two sharing, single supplement: £95pp. Offer is subject to availability and to the booking conditions of ECT Travel. Please call for more information.
Call now to book 01225569407
Quote ref: HEARST