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Historic Royal Palaces counts down to The Engage!19 London Experience

Tower of London
Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland, will this month play host to luxury wedding summit Engage!19 London Experience for the first time, alongside Rosewood London and Sarah Haywood Weddings & Celebrations.

Taking place on 28-31st October, Engage!19 London Experience aims to connect, educate, and inspire the world’s top wedding industry and event professionals with a dynamic programme of keynote sessions and panel discussions hosted at Rosewood London. Following the conference each day, attendees will be given various opportunities for meaningful networking, as well as time to experience the iconic sites HM Tower of London, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace.

Historic Royal Palaces will present their venue portfolio to Engage!19 attendees in collaboration with renowned wedding and party planner Sarah Haywood Weddings & Celebrations. Working closely with Sarah Haywood and team the royal palaces will open their doors to take guests on a journey through the palaces’ rich history and relive the pomp and grandeur of hosting parties within these majestic spaces.

The welcome party will be hosted on Monday 28th at HM Tower of London, and themed in keeping with the Tower’s almost 1,000 years of history. Greeted by the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London, the Yeoman Warders will escort guests into the inner walls of the Tower for an evening of merriment with a truly British welcome to London. The night will include a private viewing of the famous Crown Jewels and will explore the historic spaces available for events and celebrations throughout the famous fortress, including the Medieval Palace, New Armouries and the iconic White Tower.

Day two will be hosted at Banqueting House, the last remains of Whitehall Palace, where attendees will be dining like a King or Queen with a formal dinner held under the palace’s spectacular Ruben’s ceiling. Originally built for James I in 1622, Banqueting House was designed for entertaining, and guests will have the opportunity to experience the original ‘party palace’ in full swing.

Kensington Palace will host the final evening for attendees to enjoy an opulent soiree held in the stunning King’s State Apartments. This year, the State Apartments – comprising the King’s Gallery and King’s Drawing Room – were the setting for the first wedding at the palace since 1828 and the first non-royal wedding in the palace’s history, following its newly-acquired wedding licence. Kensington Palace is also the childhood home of Queen Victoria and the backdrop for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s royal romance.

Typically a three day conference, the Engage!19 summit London Experience will also have an additional experience courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces. Guests will have the opportunity to spend the day at Hampton Court Palace on Thursday 31st; the experience will include themed tours of the palace, followed by a decadent lunch hosted for the first time ever within the Cartoon Gallery. Surrounded by Raphael works that line the walls, the Cartoon Gallery was the setting of Privy Council meetings and more recently was used as a film location in the Oscar-winning film about Queen Anne, The Favourite.

Milan Thakrar, Business Development Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, says: “We are delighted that the time has come to welcome the Engage!19 Summit to London and to open the doors of our iconic palaces to industry leaders from all over the world. After months of planning, we are thrilled to be showcasing the best of the British wedding industry with our incredible accredited suppliers.

“It is also an opportunity to raise awareness that income raised from events at the palaces, including venue hire, is reinvested in conservation and education activities, to ensure they remain well maintained and open for all to enjoy.”

Sarah Hayward continues: "The destination wedding market has topped $300 billion world-wide and with more and more overseas couples dreaming of marrying like a prince and princess in a palace, London is the only destination in the world for such an authentic experience. We are thrilled to be working with the Historic Royal Palaces teams in their outstanding venues to create this world-class event.”

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