Kensington Palace: While Kensington Palace remains a private Royal residence, the State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection are open to the public. The dress collection for Princess Diana is on show until end March 2000.

Buckingham Palace: Literally a short walk away, this is the
official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. The State Rooms are open to the public during August and September - an excellent opportunity to marvel at the lavish interiors and tread the very same floors as the Royal Family.

State Opening of Parliament: Procession from Buckingham Palace to House of Lords, Westminster. After a general election and before each new session of parliament in mid-November, the sovereign attends the State Opening of Parliament, a ceremony that dates from the mid-16th Century.