The exclusive Diamond Jubilee Tour at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, offers the chance to enjoy the events organized for the Royal Jubilee, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne. It includes a privileged viewpoint on the ship HMS Belfast to watch the Diamond Jubilee parade, and the chance to see the Royal retinue from Carlton Terrace, right on the Mall. Other highlights are a visit to Henry VIII's mansion in the South Kent countryside, and lunch at the home of Randolph and Catherine Churchill. The Diamond Jubilee Tour runs from Saturday 2 June to Wednesday 6 June 2012, and includes:
Saturday 2 June 2012: check-in, pre-dinner aperitifs with champagne and finger-food, followed by a welcome dinner before retiring to your deluxe room.
Sunday 3 June: Trip to the HMS Belfast to watch the Diamond Jubilee procession, in which the Queen will lead 1,200 boats along the Thames, with other members of the Royal Family. The Queen will disembark at the Tower of London, right opposite the Belfast. The day will include a tour of HMS Belfast, along with drinks, lunch and afternoon tea.
Monday 4 June: Visit to Penshurst Place, forty miles from London. This lovely countryside mansion was once Henry VIII's house and it is now property of the Sidney family. Lunch at the house of Randolph and Catherine Churchill, surrounded by mementoes of the Churchill family. Evening back in London.
Tuesday 5 June: View of the Royal procession from Carlton House and its panoramic terrace overlooking the Mall. Fine view of the Queen's carriage, the one that she used for the Coronation, as she goes to St. Paul's Cathedral with other members of the Royal Family. In the evening, farewell dinner. Check-out the following morning.
The hotel itself has connections with the Royal Family. The Queen and Princess Margaret learnt how to dance in the Gold ballroom, and Prince Charles and Princess Anne visited the tea-room. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has the only private royal entrance from Hyde Park. This is traditionally reserved for the Royal Family, but participants in this package will be able to make their own passage through this piece of tradition by means of a warrant issued by the Royal Parks.