When it comes to royal connections the South East can do some serious name dropping. With the current capital city, London, and the historic capital, Winchester, both located in the South East, Kings and Queens of England and their families have resided here for hundreds of years.
From storybook castles and famous cathedrals to seaside stately homes and ancient battlefields, South East England has a wealth of attractions and destinations with connections to royalty. Here are just a few you might want to consider visiting on your next day out:
Edward the Black Prince was buried in Canterbury Cathedral in Kent in 1376. Today and you can view a number of original relics associated with him.
Eton College in Berkshire is one of the world’s most well-known educational institutions and is famous for educating members of the world’s royal families.
Take a trip to Battle Abbey in East Sussex and see the place where the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, King Harold II, was slain during the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
Brighton’s royal connections include the beautiful but outrageous Royal Pavilion in East Sussex, built by the extravagant King George IV as a seaside pleasure palace.
One of the region’s greatest connections with royalty is Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, where King Charles I was imprisoned prior to his execution.
Also on the Isle of Wight is Osborne House. Built in the mid 1800’s, the house was the summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
King Henry VIII frequently visited Leeds Castle in Kent with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon and today it is one of the most iconic properties in South East England.
Hampton Court Palace in Surrey has many links with King Henry VII and today you can find out more about his formative years at the Young King Henry VIII Exhibition.
Finally, the Kings and Queens of England have lived within the Royal Windsor area for centuries. Today visitors flock to Windsor Castle each year to see the State Apartments and the Albert Memorial Chapel amongst others. Be sure to visit St George’s Chapel, resting place of many British monarchs.