Travel Serendipity – Queen Elizabeth II

The world’s attention over the past week has been on the city of London, the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the ascension of King Charles III to the throne. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to London to pay their final respects to their Queen and to be a part of this historic moment in world history.

Two Ourisman Travel clients found themselves in London by chance. Arriving just as the Queen’s death was being announced, they checked into their hotel literally around the corner from Buckingham Palace, The Goring. At the center of everything that was going on, they witnessed long lines of well-wishers in front of the Palace. They heard the 96 gun salute from Hyde Park (one shot for each year of the Queen’s life). They were witnesses to history, and they could not have chosen a better hotel in London. Sometimes known as Buckingham Palace’s guest house, The Goring also hosted Princess Katherine and the Middleton family before her wedding to Prince William.

After five days in London, they traveled to Edinburgh. Among the opportunities awaiting them — to walk the same route walked by Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward and to visit St. Giles Cathedral where Queen Elizabeth II lay in state. Our clients will be staying at The Balmoral, in our opinion the best hotel in Edinburg.

Serendipity (noun) — the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

You could never have planned such a trip, just an incredible occurrence of travel serendipity.

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