Best royal sites to visit: Crowned heads living here; Leila George; NZ Herald

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While we enjoy a lovely long Queen’s Birthday weekend, Leila George tracks down the best royal sites to visit around the world.

1 Buckingham Palace

Where: London, England

What: The official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since Queen Victoria moved in in 1837, Buckingham Palace is also the monarch’s administrative headquarters. It has 775 rooms, including 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, and 78 bathrooms, and that very famous balcony where the royal family make public appearances on special occasions. The first balcony appearance was in 1851 when Queen Victoria marked celebrations for the opening of the Great Exhibition; in recent years the most famous appearances have been from newlyweds Charles and Diana, and William and Kate.

When to go: The palace’s State Rooms are open to visitors every summer (this year from July 22 to October 1).

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