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A right royal escape

13th May 2013 Print

As the Queen prepares to say fare-thee-well to some of her farther flung international duties, Cheapflights looks back at the Royal Family’s most recent regal escapes. With a family of well-seasoned travellers, the Queen needn’t worry as she hands over more of her long-distance engagements to Charles, Camilla, Harry, William and Kate. Delight your inner Windsor with one of Cheapflights’ noble breaks.

Follow the crowned heads to Canada from £458 per person

The Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh’s most recent engagement was in Toronto, Canada. For visitors heading to Canada for a royal knees-up there is much to see and do. History buffs should head to the Royal Ontario Museum, home to more than 60 million items, while fashion kings and queens can enjoy the city’s 28km of underground shopping. Those with more alternative tastes should head to Queens Street West for independent and unique shops and street markets. Be sure to head up CN Tower, Toronto’s tallest tower, to witness extensive views across to the majestic Niagara Falls. Return flights from London Gatwick to Toronto start from £458 per person.

See nobility in the Netherlands from £74 per person

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were Amsterdam’s most recent Windsor visitors. With its own recently-installed King, Willem-Alexander, Europe’s youngest monarch at 46, travellers to Amsterdam can visit the country’s impressive Royal Palace. Spend the days strolling through the Old Jewish Quarter, chatting with friendly locals (just witness the warm welcome given to the Duchess of Cornwall on the streets of Amsterdam) or exploring the capital’s picturesque canals. The city is home to beautiful architecture, diverse culture and historic landmarks including Anne Frank’s house and the Van Gogh Museum – a most noble holiday destination. Return flights from London Heathrow to Amsterdam start from £74 per person.

Holiday like a Monarch in Malaysia from £428 per person

Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, carried out the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee duties in the Pacific Islands where they visited Singapore, Solomon Islands and Malaysia. For those wishing to travel like this stately pair, Malaysia offers a grand combination of culture, gastronomy and natural wonders. A visit to the country’s Independence Square will see the remnants of Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club and a clock tower named after Big Ben. Follow in Will and Kate’s steps with a visit to the nearby island of Borneo. The famed rainforest is one of the only remaining natural habitats for the endangered Borneo orangutan. Return flights from London Gatwick to Kuala Lumpur start from £428 per person.

Travel Windsor-style in Washington from £461 per person

The Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry, recently embarked on a tour of the United States. Arriving first in Washington, D.C. to meet with the First Lady, Prince Harry will spend his week visiting Colorado, New Jersey and New York. As the most mischievous member of the royal family, the power and grandeur of Washington should hopefully keep Harry out of trouble! Home to the White House, the Smithsonian American History Museum and Capitol Hill – the iconic city is a must-visit for those visiting the States. Return flights from London Heathrow to Washington start from £461 per person.

A sovereign stay in Scotland from £66 per person

Princess Anne recently visited Edinburgh, Scotland on official royal duties. Those wishing to following in the Princess Royal’s steps will be pleased by the capital city’s architecture, atmosphere and attractions. For a truly regal tour, start at the bottom of the Royal Mile passing the Palace of Holyroodhouse and onward up the hill to the impressive Edinburgh Castle. The city’s medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town are lively and vibrant and both worth a visit. Go in August to make the most of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival – and maybe even opt for an artist portrait in the Royal Mile. Return flights from London Stansted to Edinburgh start from £66 per person.

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