Why Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have banned the public from their home

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla aren't taking visitors

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla
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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla won't be allowing members of the public to visit their London home this summer. 


Charles and Camilla will not be letting royal fans take a peek inside their London abode this year. 

The royal couple usually allows members of the public inside Clarence House in August, in order to take a rare glimpse at the lavish residence. 

But in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, visits to Charles and Camilla's won't be on the cards for yet another year, with 2020 tours having been called off too. 

Clarence House

Clarence House

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A statement on the Royal Trust Collection website simply reads, "Clarence House will next open to visitors in 2022."

Meanwhile, another notice on the site explains, "To protect the wellbeing of visitors & staff, Clarence House is closed to the public until further notice."

Prince Charles at Clarence House

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Clarence House isn't Charles and Camilla's only royal residence, of course. 

The future King and Queen Consort also spend lots of their time at Charles' Gloucestershire home, Highgrove House, plus Llwynywermod in Wales and Birkhall in Scotland, where the pair spent the majority of lockdown. 

If you're still holding out hope for a spot of royal tourism in London this summer, you're in luck. 

The most famous of the British monarchy's residences, Buckingham Palace, is opening its gardens to the public this year, giving you the chance to picnic in the grounds of the Queen's iconic home. 

In a rare change to royal rules, enjoying a spot of lunch on the Buckingham Palace lawns won't be off limits, but you'll need to buy a ticket for the chance to grab a spot on the most regal patch of grass in London. 

Adult tickets for entrance to the gardens are priced at £16.50 each, while those over 60 will pay £15. 

Children aged five to 16 are £9 per head and little ones under five go free. 

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And on selected dates, guided tours of State Rooms at the Palace will also be on offer. 

From May 21st, tours of the State Rooms will be run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until June 20, priced at £60 per ticket. 

The tours include a look around the rooms used by The Firm to host official royal engagements, including the Ballroom, the Green Drawing Room, the Throne Room. 

Caitlin Elliott
Caitlin Elliott

Caitlin is Junior News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. 


Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry). 


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Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role. 


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