These palatial abodes are home to courtly intrigue, stately elegance, and fine craft
If the walls of royal palaces could speak, they would tell tales as old as time. While closed to the public in its day, the doors to these palatial abodes no longer transpire to keep the common man out. Thanks to the travel experts over at British Airways, we have here three royal stops you shouldn't miss.
The Queen's country residence in Windsor, just 40 minutes outside of London, represents over 900 years of royal history and is the world's oldest and largest occupied castle. Her majesty sometimes spends her private weekends at the Windsor Castle. You might even time your visit when she is in residence. Private group tours of the State Apartments can be pre-booked for a behind-the-scenes look at this historic stone fortress. If you miss the "Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe" exhibition at the Buckingham Palace, you will have the opportunity to view it at the Windsor Castle from 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017.
Prince's Palace of Monaco
The official residence of the Prince of Monaco was built on a rocky outcrop in 1191 as a Genoese fortress and has been the continuous home of the Grimaldi family for over seven centuries. The fortified palace enjoys views over both the Port of Fontvieille and the Mediterranean Sea and looks spectacular when it is lit up at night.
Palace of Versailles, Paris
The Château de Versailles, 20 kilometres southwest of Paris, was the centre of political power in France from 1682 until the monarchy was deposed by the French Revolution in 1789. The palace's most famous gallery-the Hall of Mirrors-was the setting for many of the ceremonies of the French Court during the Ancien Régime. It contains 17 mirror-clad arches that reflect 17 arcaded windows that overlook the chateau's beautiful gardens.
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