You can finally have the royal treatment you’ve always wanted. Since Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebration is tomorrow, you have an excuse to celebrate yourself in the most luxurious way. The Travel Corporation has put together a list of top-quality, royal-themed activities and places to stay so that you can celebrate the Queen by being treated like one.
BE PAMPERED AT A PALACE
The Rubens at the Palace is offering you the chance to be treated like an actual royal with the 3-night Live like Royalty package. Some of the activities include going for royal high tea, taking a ride around London in a horse-drawn carriage (just like Cinderella), luxurious breakfasts and a gourmet four-course dinner with the exact same cuts of meat used at Buckingham Palace. This is the closest hotel to the Palace, so, you know, you’ll basically be royalty just by association. Book the total package here.
SIP ON YOUR ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA
If the hotel package is a little pricey (let’s face it, we aren’t paid like royalty), you can opt to just have the hotel’s high tea which is fancy enough for any member of the royal family. The food and teas have been carefully selected, based on what other royals favour (so you’ll basically be eating what they eat). Finger sandwiches fit for royalty, orange scented scones, the Queen’s favourite jam pennies, and red velvet cupcakes are just a few of the snacks that guests can eat on top of a selection of high-quality teas (keep your pinkies up). Guests can also take home a chocolate biscuit cake similar to one served at William and Catherine‘s wedding. Amazing food and drink, check; great location, check; treatment fit for a queen, check. The complete royal tea experience only costs around $58 CAD/person.
STAY IN A FRENCH CHATEAU
On a 14-day European Highlights trip by Contiki, you can stay at a château from the 17th century. This trip also includes breakfasts and 7 dinners, so you barely have to even lift a finger. Book it here.
MEET AN ACTUAL PRINCESS
That’s right. You can meet a real princess, in the flesh: Princess Anita von Hohenberg of Austria thanks to Uniworld‘s European Jewels cruise. The trip also includes a concert and dinner at Castle Weikersheim in Germany, a tour of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School (where you can learn all about equestrianism) and, of course, a private reception with the Austrian Princess. The cruise departs from Budapest on June 19th, July 17th, July 31st and August 14th. Book it here.
STAY NEXT DOOR TO THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES
Insight Vacations just created the 15-day Luxury Gold French Elegance trip, where you can stay at a luxury retreat in Versailles (literally, right by the Chateau de Versailles). And thanks to the insane spending habits of the monarchs who built the palace at Versailles, the property’s by far nicer than anything you’ve ever seen on Cribs. The package also includes 5-star accommodations, breakfast, gourmet dining, VIP airport transfers, and basically everything luxurious you could possibly get out of a trip. Book it here.
GO INSIDE REAL GERMAN CASTLES
You may have a tiny apartment or a nice, spacious house, but no matter where you live, exploring a castle is an opportunity not a lot of people get in their lifetimes. Check out castles from different centuries, all straight out of a fairy tale on the 12-day Best of Germany trip. Book it here.
It’s okay to splurge on yourself once in a while; to put on those glass slippers and surround yourself in luxury. To celebrate the Queen’s birthday this year, you should celebrate yourself and become the queen or king that you deserve to be.