The Queen’s ice-cream van – at Buckingham Palace

This weekend I’m off to London to see the sights and it reminded me of my visit to Buckingham Palace last summer with my son, when we did the tour of the Palace. It was sparked off by the garden party at Buckingham Palace I attended with my husband, due to his Territorial Army Connections, and I enjoyed myself so much that I had to go back to do a proper tour and see the state rooms – you can read about our Tour of Buckingham Palace here.

Ice Cream van at Buckingham Palace

Ice Cream van at Buckingham Palace

At the end of the tour you leave through the Buckingham Palace Gardens and as well as tea rooms, you have the opportunity to stop for an ice cream at the van parked beside the path overlooking the lake. Of course, being Buckingham Palace, this isn’t any old Mr Whippy van, but a carefully branded Buckingham Palace ice cream van, with all the royal crests you could wish for.

I’d like to think that when Her Majesty feels like an ice cream, she sends her footmen out to get one from the ice cream van for a bit of fun, but of course I’m being far too fanciful. I know the Queen’s far too busy a lady for such things, her days are filled with endless cups of teas at hospital openings, listening to children sing and visits to industry. She’s probably ready for a stiff gin and tonic more than anything else at the end of a long day.

If you’re in London during the summer months when Her Majesty is taking her holidays in sunny Scotland, you should definitely take the tour of Buckingham Palace and stop for a royal ice cream on the way out.

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  • Reply
    Monna McD
    January 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    But isn’t it much nicer to believe that, every so often, the Queen dons a crazy hat and a pair of sunglasses and sneaks out of the palace to fetch her own ice cream?

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    January 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I think if she were Queen of Denmark, she probably would; I believe Queen Margarethe is often in the habit of slipping out for a packet of cigarettes.

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    January 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I had to laugh at the visuals you conjured up with the Queen craving an ice cream cone or a gin and tonic!

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    January 24, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I like the visual that Monna’s comment conjures up. After all, don’t we all need a good ice cream every once in a while?

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    Sherry Ott
    January 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve never toured the palace before but it sounds fabulous…especially if there’s ice cream at the end! Was it any good?

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    Heather Cowper
    January 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    @sherry Sadly I didn’t have any ice cream on that occasion but I seem to remember that it was some excellent tubs of quality British Ice Cream. But I can confirm that the cakes at the Buckingham palace tea party were outstanding!

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    Mark H
    January 27, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I love the idea of the Queen trotting out, corgis in tow, ready for an ice-cream on a hot day. And wow, an invite to the Queen’s tea party.

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