Lasting around an hour, the tour showcased many of the Royal Family’s historic royal carriages, including the world-famous Gold State Coach, and also the stables where the royal horses are kept, all of which are personally chosen and named by the Queen herself.
current Royal Mews was built in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in
1825. However, the history of the institution goes back much further,
to the King's Mews in the reign of Richard II in the late 14th century.
For around 100 years until the reign of Henry VII, the King's Mews was
at Charing Cross on the present site of the National Gallery in London.
After George III bought the then Buckingham House in 1762, he moved some of his horses and carriages to the grounds and commissioned the architect Sir William Chambers to create a riding school. However, the main royal stables housing the ceremonial coaches and their horses remained at Charing Cross.
John Nash, who was in charge of rebuilding Buckingham Palace for George IV, also built the present Royal Mews. The buildings were completed in 1825 at a cost of over £65,000. Nash built grand stables for 100 horses around the riding school, a Doric-style arch, surmounted by a clock tower, leading into the quadrangle of the Mews, as well as coach houses and harness rooms. For further information about The Royal Mews, please visit www.rct.uk/visit/royalmews.
more Each year, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club come together to commemorate the Anniversary of Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
more On Wednesday 28th August 2019, around two dozen members, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club took part in the club’s now traditional annual Summer evening walk.
more Rotarians from Lens joined our Leatherhead members for a social weekend in Brighton celebrating a year of Presidency under Bob Weldon-Gamble.
more On Wednesday 23rd January 2019, over 40 members, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club, enjoyed an excellent evening of Scottish singing and poetry at the club's annual Burns Night Supper.
more On Wednesday 19th December 2018, around forty members, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club attended the club’s annual Christmas Dinner at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead.
more Each year members of our club take a trip to visit our contact club in Lens, France.
more On Wednesday 10th October 2018, around twenty members, partners and friends of Leatherhead Rotary Club visited Dorking Brewery in Capel for a tour of the brewery’s new premises.