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The Royal Mews have been in use and have been a part of daily castle life since the 18th century. Take this opportunity to explore this exciting part of Buckingham Palace and discover its history as you listen to your personal audio guide and chat with the friendly staff who will be happy to explain their duties to you.
Once the largest stable in England, the stables are now used to house around thirty finely bred horses used for pulling carriages at state functions. Wander through the stables and meet the elegant Cleveland Bays and the Queen's magnificent Windsor Greys that have been specially selected and bred for their appearance and temperament. As you pass the indoor arena around which the stables are built, you may be lucky enough to catch sight of the horses being exercised or of a royal riding lesson taking place.
Heading outside into the courtyard, you'll have a chance to see some of the most famous State Coaches, which range from the elegant Glass Coach used for royal weddings to the opulent Gold State Coach which is so heavy it has to be drawn by 8 horses. Car enthusiasts will also find plenty to see at the Royal Mews, despite the wishes of Queen Victoria for the "horrible machines" to never be near her stables. On display in the royal garage are the two-of-a-kind Bentley State Limousines, created especially for Queen Elizabeth II by Bentley. Also on display are two incredibly rare Phantom VI's, one of which was custom made for the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
From the thoroughbred horses to the illustrious carriages, this excursion offers an inside view of the royal life in London.
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