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Get up close to the queen's horses and carriages at the Royal Mews for things to do in London

Published: Friday 28th of September 2012

The Royal family have very much been in the international spotlight lately, and the Royal Mews gives visitors a chance to get up and close with all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds them.

Situated at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews looks after all the royal carriages, coaches and cars that the royal family use on official outings.

During a visit to the Mews, visitors can also see some of The queen's horses that draw the coaches and carriages in the Mews.

Horse fans will be delighted to spot some of the Cleveland Bays which are used to escort new High Commissioners and Ambassadors to see the queen, as well as the Windsor Greys, which were kept at Windsor during the reign of Queen Victoria.

The historic collection of carriages and coaches include the State Coach, which the queen uses to travel to the State Opening of Parliament.

However, it is the Gold State Coach, built for George III in 1762, which is the most dazzling. It has carried every monarch to their coronation since 1821.

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Posted by Michael Edwards

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