Use this MJL Interactive Guide with the Royal Walk brochure.
Charing Cross – originally wood but now a Victorian stone monument – has long associations with the monarchy as it was originally the location of one of the Eleanor Crosses erected by Edward I in memory of his wife - Eleanor of Castille.
Nearby Trafalgar Square is home to two national art galleries containing many royal portraits and royal battle scenes. The square is dominated by Nelson’s Column that honours one of England’s most famous military heroes. The major thoroughfare Whitehall that links Trafalgar and Parliament Squares was once the site of a royal palace and is now the centre of Britain’s government.
Horse Guards Parade off Whitehall hosts one of the nation’s great annual pageants, Trooping The Colour, which commemorates the Queen’s official birthday. Winston Churchill's Second World War underground headquarters, now a museum, can also be found here.
The Palace of Westminster (Parliament) and Clock Tower with Big Ben are dramatic examples of Gothic Revival architecture and nearby Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church have many royal, religious and diplomatic associations. Buckingham Palace has been the London residence of the monarch since Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. From there you walk through Green Park, close to the royal residences of Clarence House, Lancaster House and St. James’s Palace.