On the Town with the Royals: How to See Will and Kate—and the Queen
From glossy magazines to royal diaries, here is the best way to catch a glimpse of the royal family. As a bonus you may just find the latest hot shops or film premieres along the way.
Royal Hot SpotsThe best way to rub elbows with the royal lovebirds is to track the spots where they go to dine, disco, and dither. To get full reportage on their choice hotspots, just pick up a copy of Condé Nast's Tatler, the insiders' guide to high-style England. This glossy monthly reports on the activities and go-to places of England's newest fashion plates and most aristocratic VIPs. You won't usually find stories per se on the couple, but most issues feature some new young millionaire who's best friends with them. Like Guy Pelly, profiled in the December issue, who is one of Prince William's best pals and who has just opened Public (533 King's Road, Chelsea) and now one of London's most talked-about nightspots. It is this kind of place where your chances of brushing elbows with Will and Kate (Pippa, her sister, has already been to Public) ratchet upward. Other top night spots they have favored include Mahiki (1 Dover St, Mayfair) and members-only Boujis (43 Thurloe St, South Kensington). The most happening boutiques, the hottest restaurants, the best new English village escapes: Tatler provides a front seat to the goings-on of London's red-carpet folk—it's as simple as that.
Official Online SchedulesOn the other hand, you can always try to track down any of the royals by using the official court circular of events. On the official website of the British Monarchy, go to the Royal Diary. This lists plenty of events—by day, week, and month—where the Queen, her husband, Princess Michael of Kent, or any of the royals will be scheduled to make an appearance. Fairs and fetes, polo matches and horse races, first nights and banquets galore: the Queen alone has more than 200 events scheduled this year and, on one of them—who knows?—you might even meet her on a royal walkabout. As for Will and Kate, they currently have no listings on the Royal Diary—but once they settle into their routine, they, too, will be launching ships, attending film premieres, and ribbon-cutting at hospitals.
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