New audio tour for the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

A new complimentary audio tour of the Royal Mews takes you behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and provides a unique insight into the work of the Royal Household.  A living part of Britain’s heritage with roots back to the 14th century, the Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in the world and houses the collection of royal coaches and carriages.  It is responsible for all road travel by The Queen and members of the Royal Family, whether by historic vehicle or modern car, and its staff carry out their day-to-day activities during public opening hours.

Currently available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian, the audio tour explains how the Mews serves
The Queen in the performance of her official duties and prepares for major State and ceremonial occasions.  Among the many responsibilities of the Mews is conveying high commissioners or ambassadors to an audience with The Queen on their appointment as their country’s diplomatic representative in London.

For most of the year the stables are home to the Cleveland Bay and Windsor Grey horses that play an important role in today’s royal ceremonial.  Chosen for their steady temperament and stamina, each is named personally by The Queen.

Among the dazzling coaches and carriages that visitors see are the Australian State Coach and the Irish State Coach, both of which are used by The Queen to travel to the State Opening of  Parliament and the Glass Coach, in which a royal bride traditionally travels to her wedding.  A highlight of the tour is the spectacular Gold State Coach.  Weighing almost four tonnes and requiring eight horses to pull it, it has been used in every coronation since 1821.

The Royal Mews is open daily, except on Fridays, from 15 March to 30 October, 11:00–16:00 (last admission 15:15).  From 31 July to 29 September, it is open daily from 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:15).  Closed 21 March, 31 May, 7 and 14 June, and during State Visits.

English language guided tours continue to run at regular intervals throughout the day.  Arrangements for tours by Blue Badge guides remain unchanged.

Group information: To receive a copy of the Royal Collection’s new Group Visits and Private Tours brochure or to make a booking, please visit www.royalcollection.org.uk or telephone the Group and Specialist Sales team, 020 7766 7321. 

Press information and photographs are available from Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection, telephone: 020 7839 1377, e-mail:press@royalcollection.org.uk.      

Date: 
Wednesday, 5 March 2008