The Royal Boroughs of London, London's Royal Boroughs, The Royal Borough of Greenwich, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The Royal Borough of Kingston - Upon - Thames, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, tourist attractions in London's Royal Boroughs
A Royal Borough is designated with royal status by way of an express wish of a monarch. There are seven Royal Boroughs situated within England and one in the Principality of Wales. Of these eight Royal Boroughs three are situated in London and one is situated in the Greater London area.
Below are listed, in alphabetical order, the four Royal Boroughs situated in and around the United Kingdom's capital.
THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF GREENWICH
We start our list with London's newest Royal Borough, designated in 2012 to mark the diamond jubilee (sixty years) of the reign of H.R.H Queen Elisabeth II.
Greenwich is situated in south, east London on the south bank of the River Thames and is possibly the most famous of all the Royal Boroughs, as it is home to the world renowned Greenwich Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time.
Before the advent of the Greenwich Meridian, the borough was reknowned for being the birthplace of most of the British, Tudor monarchs at the former Greenwich Palace which once stood in Greenwich Park.
Today the borough is an UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to Greenwich Royal Park, The Royal Observatory, The Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House and the Cutty Sark.
For more information about Greenwich visit my article - London Guide: The London Borough of Greenwich
THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA
This Royal Borough covers 4.7 square miles of central London, and with it's population of nearly 160.000 people, it is the most densely populated borough in the United Kingdom.
The borough was designated with royal status in 1965, due to it being the birthplace of Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace in 1819.
The borough is home to many London tourist attractions including Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Harrods department store, Kensington Palace birthplace of Queen Victoria and former residence of Diana, Princess of Wales, The Royal Chelsea Hospital home of the annual Chelsea Flower Show, The Saatchi Gallery, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.
This borough is also classified as being the wealthiest borough in the United Kingdom, and is home to seventeen districts, some of which have the most prestigious post codes in the land, which include the areas of Bayswater, Belgravia, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and West Kensington, and the iconic streets of Sloan Square, the King’s Road, Kensington High Street, Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate.
Of all the Royal Boroughs Kensington and Chelsea is the easiest to access as it is served by no less than twelve London Underground stations and the six underground lines of the Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Piccadilly lines.
For more information about this area of London visit my article - London Guide: The City of Westminster
THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF KINGSTON - UPON - THAMES
Kingston - Upon - Thames is the United Kingdom's oldest Royal Borough, having been designated as such in 925 AD by Saxon King Athelsen. The town has been the location of the coronations of seven former Saxon kings of England. These kings were -
Edward the Elder in 900 AD
Athelsen in 925 AD.
Edmund in 939 AD.
Eadred in 946 AD.
Eadwig in 956 AD.
Edward the Martyr in 975 AD.
Ethelred the Unready in 979 AD.
Kingston – Upon - Thames consists of fourteen districts that cover an area of fourteen point four square miles and includes a picturesque town centre which is home to the medieval, Saxon Coronation Stone and a three mile stretch of the River Thames' south bank, which is believed by many, to be the most picturesque route along England's longest river.
The borough is located in south, west London and is situated within easy access of Richmond Royal Park, Hampton Court Palace, The Rose Theatre, the All England Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon and the Chessington World of Adventure, theme park and zoo.
Read about nearby Richmond and it’s attractions by visiting my article - London Guide: The Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF WINDSOR AND MAIDENHEAD
Situated twenty five miles west of central London, Windsor is reknowned for it's world famous castle which was built by King William the Conqueror and it's neighbour Eton, home of the United Kingdom's most prestigious public school.
Windsor and Maidenhead were designated with royal status in 1998, due to the town being home to the world's largest, continually inhabited castle, which also happens to be Queen Elisabeth II all time, favourite home.
The two boroughs are situated in England's only royal county Berkshire, and consists of eighteen districts that between them cover an area of nearly seventy seven square miles.
Along with Windsor Castle and Eton College, other nearby attractions include the racecourses at Windsor and Ascot, Eton Dorney Lake, Windsor Great Park, Legoland Windsor, Bray Film Studios and several miles of the course of the River Thames in an area that is synonymous with local rowing clubs, including the Maidenhead Rowing Centre.
Read about Windsor and it’s attractions by visiting my article - London Guide: Windsor and Eton
Just in case you were wondering, the other Royal Boroughs in Great Britain are -
Royal Caernarfon in Gwynedd, Wales, designated in 1974 by Queen Elisabeth II.
Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, England, designated in 1838 by Queen Victoria.
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England, designated in 1909 by King Edward VII.
Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, England, designated in 2011 by Queen Elisabeth II.
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The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s, Sloan Square at night, courtesy of Wolfiewolf, at wikimedia commons.