No crown required.

By Alisha Prakash
April 07, 2020
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Are you going stir-crazy yet? Losing track of the days? Refreshing the news at a rapid-fire pace? Engaging in a daily self-debate about whether or not to get dressed?

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There’s no doubt about it: These are unfamiliar, unprecedented times. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to take the edge off: finally visit that museum or national park that’s been sitting on your bucket list, tune in to an opera or Broadway musical, ooh and aww at adorable wildlife, walk over 825 miles of beach in Florida, or even vacation in Japan – all without leaving home.

Now, you can escape your cooped-up space once again — even if for a brief moment — with a virtual tour of Windsor Castle in England. You may recognize its stunning exterior if you stayed up all night to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, but here’s your chance to get an inside peek behind the curtains.

This digital tour brings viewers inside the State Banquet in St. George’s Hall, the Waterloo Chamber, and the Crimson Drawing Room — each one more opulent than the next, with chandeliers, gilded ceilings, and rich tapestries and paintings. Zoom in and out of each space to make yourself at home, then click on information icons for even more details.

At more than 900 years old, the 11th-century fortress serves as the Queen’s private home (usually on weekends) as well as a royal residence where she performs many formal duties. It’s also the place where Her Majesty hosts visiting monarchs and presidents — and where she and Prince Philip are presently self-isolating amid the coronavirus outbreak.

And Windsor Castle isn’t the only place where you can walk in the footsteps of royalty without getting off your couch — a number of famous European castles, from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Versailles, are offering virtual tours fit for a king or queen, too.