Friday 29 April will be a day of national celebration in the UK. The Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton has been long awaited and what a great excuse for a party! Having been amongst the crowds of well-wishers lining the streets of London at the last ‘big’ Royal wedding, I can report that it was a truly festive occasion with everyone welcome.

Like us, thousands of people went to London that day, drawn by the promise of witnessing history. Although we only had a glimpse of Princess Diana and her voluminous dress as she passed along the Mall in her royal carriage it was well worth the journey. Just like guests at any wedding, all were on their best behaviour and the happiness was infectious.

If you are planning to visit the UK this year what better time to come? Spring will be in the air, and even if you don’t have an invite to Westminster Abbey you can hop on the train to London to share in the festivities. Stand anywhere along the route from Buckingham Palace via the Mall, St James Park, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and into Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey to be part of the excitement of the day. Or join the crowds to celebrate in Hyde Park where all the matrimonial events will be broadcast on giant screens.

Stay on delightful Heath Farm deep in the English countryside yet only an hour from London by train. Parlour, Rose and Stable Cottages are part of a small working family farm in Sussex, also known as ‘The Garden of England’ – a perfect place to be in the spring. (Don’t miss the nearby bluebells).

Or try Gold award-winning Coachman Cottage in Wiltshire, near Bath. Set in the very heart of the traditional English village of Steeple Ashton with its local pub, church and village shop this luxury cottage, sleeping up to 4, is a short drive from the local station and direct trains to London in 90 minutes.

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