With King Charles’ coronation fast approaching, we have decided to take a look at some interesting facts about the members of the Royal Family. It’s no secret that the Royal family loves travelling the world and has visited a number of amazing destinations over the years. If you are wondering which places seem to be their favourites, be sure to check out the countries below and find out what makes them stand out.
Also, if you’re preparing for your summer vacation, you might get some ideas to enhance your trip.
First, we’ll begin with one of the Royal Family’s most popular picks. Balmoral Castle is known as the Scottish residence of the Royal Family, so it’s not surprising that it comes up so high on this list. It has been a beloved destination for years now, especially during the reign of the late Queen and her husband Prince Phillip. If you are visiting this beautiful location, you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in outdoor activities, such as hiking.
Data from The Royal Family analysed by Audley Travel has shown Canada was actually the country that the Queen visited the most in the Commonwealth. With 22 official visits, it meant that she was able to experience many of the country’s highlights, such as a range of traditional ceremonies, as well as Canada Day. Just like the Queen, tourists have the chance to take part in some amazing tours in Canada and get involved in First Nations’ traditions. From glacier-strewn mountains to chasing the northern lights, you will be able to experience things like never before and travel at your own pace.
Another popular Commonwealth country often visited by members of the Royal Family has been Australia. Similar to Canada, the Queen visited many of the country’s most important places between 1954 and 2011. Apart from her official engagements, she also travelled to many amazing sights, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Wellington, Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and many more. Moreover, in 2010 Prince William went to Sydney on a three-day trip and later in 2011 he visited a number of flood-damaged areas in Queensland and Victoria.
Alongside Australia, the Queen visited New Zealand 10 times and she even had the chance to meet Māori leaders in 1974, including Māori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu. In addition, she attended Māori ceremonies, such as the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1963. Although it might be difficult to have all of these unique experiences on a tour to New Zealand, you can still learn a lot about Māori traditions from Māori guides. It’s often recommended to spend as much time as possible in different places so that you can make the most of your time there and visit as many sights as you can.
Barbados was often a stop on wider tours of the region and the Queen’s visit often coincided with key events, such as marking the country’s independence. She also celebrated her Silver and Gold Jubilees there. The Queen visited the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, where tourists can learn more about the island’s social, natural, and military history. Moreover, in 1966 Barclays Park was opened, which is a scenic picnic spot on a hillside. Therefore, if you are looking to experience authentic island life, Barbados can be the perfect choice for you, as there is always plenty to see and do.
Switzerland is another great holiday destination that several members of the Royal Family seem to enjoy quite often. Klosters in particular is a beautiful ski resort where Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales have spent some time over the years. Moreover, it’s a destination that William visited a lot during his childhood. King Charles III is also known to be a fan of this ski resort, as he has been seen skiing there for many years now. If you are interested in visiting Klosters, you will be glad to know that there are plenty of amazing skiing facilities and stunning mountain views.
A few other activities that you can try in Klosters include:
Lastly, the French Riviera is a well-known Royal holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches and glamour. A few members of the Royal Family have been spotted there over the years, especially in St. Tropez. For example, the late princess Diana was known to travel there often in order to visit Mohammed Al-Fayed’s family. If you want to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle and get a tan, be sure to check out St Tropez, as it will likely turn out to be a pleasant surprise for you. It’s also popular among other celebrities and holidaymakers around the world.