NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Queen Elizabeth II is set to visit New York on July 6th and it is giving us all a little Royal fever. If her visit to the States doesn't quite satisfy your Royal cravings, fans of Her Majesty can now live like the Queen for a day on their next visit to Britain.
VisitBritain, the national tourist board, has composed a list of the Queen's favorite places to visit, eat and shop to help us all experience the Royal treatment. This summer is an especially good time to visit: it's 30% cheaper than summer 2008. So, it's easy to zip across the pond and live like a Queen for a few days.
Dine like a queen
The Goring Hotel, London
In London, stop by The Goring for a dinner fit for the Queen. A favorite of the Queen Mother, who was partial to the Eggs Drumkilbo, The Goring has many Royal connections. The Archive Room played a part in Prince Charles' 60th Birthday celebrations and of course the hotel is situated around the corner from Buckingham Palace. Enjoy dinner as the Royals have, and there's always the chance the Queen may be sitting across the room. www.thegoring.com
Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly Circus, London
For a more casual dining experience, stop by Fortnum & Mason, official grocery suppliers to Her Majesty and enjoy a picnic in Green Park – one of London's Royal Gardens. Some Cadbury chocolate, another favorite of the Queen, would be the perfect finish to your Royal picnic. www.fortnumandmason.com
Dress like a queen
Best British brands, Britain-wide
To live like Her Majesty, your wardrobe would of course have to be fit for a Queen. Some of the queen's favorite – and widely available – British brands include Burberry, Pringle of Scotland, Hunter Boots and Austin Reed – all of which hold Royal Warrants as official suppliers to the Queen.
Rigby and Peller, London
For any woman, what you wear underneath is just as important as what you wear on top. At Rigby and Peller – one of Britain's most exclusive lingerie shops – you can be sure to receive service fit for a Queen. What else would you expect from a company who has held a Royal Warrant as official Corsetieres to H.M. Queen Elizabeth since 1960?
Live like a queen
Castle Hotels, Britain-wide
What could make you feel more regal than staying in a castle? Visitors to Britain will be spoilt for choice and can stay overnight in a variety of castles across the country. Check out www.visitbritain.com for more information.
Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Scotland
This magnificent ship helped make H.M. The Queen the most traveled monarch the world has ever known. Decommissioned in 1997 and now permanently moored in Edinburgh, Scotland, each room onboard Britannia is furnished to her own personal taste, filled with photographs of her children, treasured family heirlooms and gifts from across the globe. The Queen named Britannia as the one place where she could truly relax. Britannia was also host to four royal honeymoons, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana as well as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Just a short jaunt by train from London, Windsor Castle is one of the Queen's official residences and where she spends most weekends. Open year-round, your chances for spotting the Queen go up around Easter time, when she takes up residence for a month. www.royalcollection.org.uk
Buckingham Palace, London, England
From the end of July until the beginning of October each year, you can cross the gates of Buckingham Palace and see one of Britain's most famous landmarks for yourself. This year, you won't want to miss the special exhibition, The Queen's Year, which recreates a year in the life of Her Majesty and also includes a collection of ceremonial dress with day and evening wear to reflect the range of events in the royal calendar. Visits to the Royal Staterooms, garden and the Queen's Gallery are also possible at this time of year. http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/thequeensyear/
- Americans made three million visits to the UK in 2008 and spent US $3.3 billion (GBP 2.2 billion pounds Sterling) – placing them in the UK's top three most important markets for visitors. Britain remains Americans' favorite long-haul destination.
- VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, is responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain and for developing the UK's visitor economy. With representatives in 35 countries around the world, we are the international tourism promotional arm for Britain and the nations and regions of Britain.
- Every year 17 million visits are made by international consumers to the 57 websites that make up VisitBritain's global family of websites, www.visitbritain.com, which together provide information in 21 different languages.
- Visitors traveling to Britain can purchase money and time saving local transport, sightseeing, attraction, theatre and tour tickets from www.visitbritainshop.us