Kensington Palace


Experience the splendour of Kensington Palace and the tradition of the Horse Guards Parade.

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Kensington Palace

We are delighted to offer a personally guided tour of Kensington Palace for you both with Lord Maurice Fermoy, the 6th Baron Fermoy, who is 1st cousin to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Maurice will share the historical and current stories of the royal residents; from William and Mary through the unhappy childhood of Queen Victoria to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family.
 
He is not only a member of our British aristocracy, his close family ties to Diana means that he will share a wonderfully intimate insight into her life. He will share his fabulous knowledge of Kensington Palace from the times of Queen Victoria through to the present day. He is also excellent company as he is very well travelled and is a recognised expert on the vagaries of acceptable etiquette in polite society.

4 O'clock Parade

Maurice has suggested that he then takes you to a little known daily ceremony at Horse Guards parade: 'The Queen's Life Guard', mounted on immaculately groomed horses with breastplates shining in the sun, present a stirring sight as they ride through the streets of London to Change the Guard on Horse Guards Parade.

The 4 'o' Clock Parade started in 1894 when Queen Victoria found the entire guard drinking and gambling while on duty. As a punishment, she said they had to be inspected every day at 4pm by an officer for the next 100 years! The 100 years finished in 1994. However, the reigning Queen wanted the parade to continue as a tradition.