From the local hotels the new generations of royals stay in before their weddings to the glamorous destinations the likes of Princess Diana frequented, there are plenty of royal holidays you can take too.
And believe it or not, it won’t actually cost you the earth to follow in their footsteps – you just have to be strategic. Afternoon tea at Cliveden House, where Meghan Markle spent her pre-wedding night almost a year ago, for instance, is just £36 per head, giving you a sneak peek into regal luxury at a rather reasonable price.
While some locations are far-flung – Prince Harry has spent many a vacation in Botswana, and Kate and William honeymooned in the Seychelles – there are also a number of staycations to keep you busy on UK shores. Balmoral, Sandringham and even London hotels such as The Goring are all within driving distance and have rich royal histories that will make you feel like a queen for the duration of your stay.
Hey, if it’s good enough for Liz and co, it’s definitely good enough for your next summer holiday…
Meghan and Harry are thought to have celebrated their last days as a unit of two with a babymoon at five-star Hampshire hotel Heckfield Place. The restored Georgian family home is surrounded by 400 acres of land, where, according to the Daily Mail, the couple took leisurely walks during their visit. They apparently booked the most expensive £10,000 per night apartment, but stays start from (a still pretty eyewatering) £700 per night.
The chosen destination for The Queen and her family over the Christmas period, Sandringham is well known to fans of the royals. Luckily for them, you can stay on the Norfolk estate when it is not being used by the royal family, but it will cost you. Starting at £875 per week, it isn’t a super affordable stay.
Hotel du Palais
William, Kate, George and Charlotte apparently stayed here as a family of four (presumably before Louis came along!) during the summer holidays while in France. The hotel was built way back in 1855, and looks very luxurious inside, as well as being right on the beach. You can search for room rates on the hotel’s website.
Clivedon House Hotel
Located in Buckinghamshire, this National Trust property was made famous when it was chosen by Meghan Markle as her pre-wedding stay. The Duchess of Sussex stayed overnight with her mother Doria, and was driven to the Church from Clivedon. You can stay at Clivedon House Hotel, but as expected, it is fairly pricey (from £445 per night). Alternatively, you can visit the beautiful grounds of Clivedon for a mere £16, or have afternoon tea at the house, which begins at £36 per head.
Balmoral is the chosen annual summer holiday escape for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. When they are not around, there are six holiday cottages that are available to rent to the general public, starting at £540 per week. You will get the true Scottish royal experience staying here!
This beautiful alpine hotel in Klosters, Switzerland is said to be a favourite destination of Princes Charles. As well as Charles, William and Harry have also been here, and Kate and William were even spotted kissing early on in their relationship while skiing here. The rooms are super cosy yet modern, and begin as doubles and work their way up to deluxe suites.
A beloved London institution, The Goring hotel is the location where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding with Prince William. The luxury destination boasts a showstopping royal suite, where the duchess-to-be stayed, as well as a number of other suites and (slightly) more affordable rooms. You can also go for afternoon tea there to get a taste of the hotel without actually booking in.
Castle of Mey
Purchased and beloved by The Queen Mother, the Castle Of Mey is located in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland. You can go and stay at The Captain’s House for a fairly priced £450 a week, to get a taste of royal life.
Africa is a popular destination for the new generation of royals, with Prince Harry often visiting Botswana, and even notably sourcing the diamond for Meghan’s engagement ring from there. Prince William sometimes goes to Kenya for work, and it was a secluded Rutunda log cabin in Mount Kenya where he proposed to now wife Kate Middleton. While it is unknown exactly which cabin or whereabouts it is, you can stay in a cabin such as this one for a similar experience.
Llwynywermod Estate was purchased by Prince Charles and The Duchess Of Cornwall 12 years ago, and has belonged to them ever since. There are two barn conversions on the Welsh property that are available to stay in – as long as the royals are not on site. It should cost around £500 per week.
Princess Diana holidayed on Necker Island, and even took sons William and Harry. Owned by Sir Richard Branson, you can stay in an individual room, or if you really wanted to get the royal treatment, you could always exclusively book out the island for around 80,000 USD. This hire includes 17 rooms, made up of 11 in the Great House, the Master Suite, as well as Leha Lo, Bali Lo, Bali Buah, Bali Kukila, and two rooms in Temple House. Start saving now.
Finally, we’re throwing it back to the Victorian era now, as this was the chosen family home of Queen Victoria during her reign. For a real piece of history, you can stay in one of three options across Osborne House in The Isle Of Wight: The Pavillion Cottage, No 1 Sovereign’s Gate and No 2 Sovereign’s Gate.
Villa 11 – North Island
North Island’s website describes Villa 11 as ‘so exclusive you’ll feel like you are on the Island alone,’ so it makes sense that William and Kate are said to have celebrated their honeymoon here in The Seychelles. This glorious suite has floor-to ceiling windows, comes with a private chef, and features the most incredible furniture and interiors. It’s safe to say a night here will not be cheap, but you can check out the other rooms on their website.
This Bali cliff-sided resort has welcomed the royal family’s Zara and Mike Tindall. Based on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, known globally as ‘Billionaire’s Row,’ you can bet that booking in here will take some saving up for, but when you see the place, you may just decide it’s worth it.