When in Rome …… well not Rome but a Royal carriage.  You obviously have to try out the Royal Wave.

Royal wave

The Royal Mews has always had horses and carriages to look at but this summer you can try out a semi-state Landau for size.  Stepping on board, yes I know its not a ship, is much like stepping into a small dinghy.  The world seems to wobble around you and you fear that you will fall.  Things get more stable when you sit down, but it myst be like sailing across a very choppy sea when you are actually moving.  I confess that waving felt a little silly maybe practice would make perfect?

What is a Landau and how does a semi-state one differ from a full state one?  Landau basically means convertible, just like a soft top Porsche but slower.  Semi-state Landaus do not have a coachman on board but are driven by a postillion who sits on the front left hand side horse of the team pulling the carriage.  Why Landau?  Well that is the name of the German city where they were first made.

Royal Wave

Or maybe I’m more cut out to drive the carriage?  Never fear the Royal Mews has an adult size Postillion outfit complete with proper riding hat.  Purists amongst you will be shouting at the picture saying that postillions don’t go in carriages, I know but I was having fun.  Child size costumes are available as well, why not visit with the family and try out a Royal Wave yourself.

You can read more about our visit to the Royal Mews by clicking here

Buckingham Palace
Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm 1 February – 31 March
Daily 10am – 5pm, 1 March – 31 October
Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, 1 November – 30 November
The Mews are closed on some days during State visits and royal events so check before you set off.

Admission: Adult £10, Family £25.80 concessions available.
Tickets convert to a 1 year pass, make sure you remember to get yours stamped as you leave.

You can buy combined tickets to visit the Buckingham Palace State Rooms and the Queen’s Gallery as well for details click here



  1. August 6, 2017 / 12:07 am

    A very royal wave, did you have to practice it for long?

    • Catherine
      August 6, 2017 / 8:14 am

      That was my first attempt but lots of practice needed!

  2. August 6, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Definitely have to do the Royal wave when sitting in a carriage like that! Interesting to learn more about Landaus too.

    • Catherine
      August 6, 2017 / 8:15 am

      I thought a carriage was a carriage until I visited the Mews

  3. August 6, 2017 / 12:12 am

    It lust be quite something to ride in a Landau – although I suspect the suspension probably isn’t the softest over any bumps …

    • Catherine
      August 6, 2017 / 8:17 am

      Would be willing to try ……

  4. August 6, 2017 / 6:36 am

    Well I must say, riding in a carriage seems to suit you. I agree with Tim though, I bet they aren’t all that comfy.

    • Catherine
      August 6, 2017 / 8:18 am

      I suspect that carriage sickness would set in by the end of the Mall

  5. August 6, 2017 / 7:43 am

    Well I’ve learned a huge amount reading this blog post! You certainly look at home in the Landau. Did you travel in it back to Surrey? #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      August 6, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Thank you, will take my tiara next time

  6. August 6, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Fascinating, I’d love to visit

  7. bavariansojourn
    August 6, 2017 / 10:44 am

    What a fabulous place to explore. Looks like you have the wave mastered to me! ;D #sundayphoto

  8. August 6, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I had no idea they had different carriages like this, I need to pay more attention. It’s so beautiful though. I’d definitely try a royal wave in it too 😊

  9. August 6, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    It looks like you were having the best time….I think I would have had to do the royal wave too. heheheh x

  10. August 6, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I love places where you can touch and get involved, too many have barriers. For a moment I thought I saw a member of the royal family waving at me….#MySundayPhoto

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