The Duchess of Cambridge was the guest of honour at The Goring on Monday as she officially reopened the London hotel amongst the company of celebrities and loyal guests. Kate stayed at The Goring Hotel the night before her marriage to Prince William back in April 2011.
Upon her arrival to the hotel, Kate was greeted by the Coldstream Guards band who were positioned outside the hotel to welcome Kate and other guests. The Goring has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and has not long reopened.
The hotel’s new look is down to designers David Linley, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and Russell Sage and some of the hotel’s new scenes include depictions of exotic animals in an English landscape, portraits of Goring family members and a fantastical lion and unicorn are displayed with a crown held aloft, a nod to The Goring’s Royal Warrant.
Three days before the wedding of Kate and Prince William, Kate’s family arrived at The Goring. Carole, Michael, Pippa and James moved into the hotel and as Jeremy Goring said at the time, “We are thrilled to be playing a small part in a big day.”
The Royal Suite, where Kate reportedly set up her wedding headquarters, overlooks the hotel’s private garden and comprises two bedrooms, two reception rooms and runs the entire length of the top floor.
The Goring Hotel is a luxury five-star hotel in London and is located just moments away from Buckingham Palace. It was opened by Otto Richard Goring in March 1910 and at the commencement of the First World War, The Goring became the command centre for the Chief of the Allied Forces and contact with President Woodrow Wilson was even made from this hotel. The Goring is the only hotel in London that is owned and run by the family that built it.
Although a favourite of The Duchess of Cambridge, The Goring Hotel was also a firm favourite of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who was a regular guest. The Goring was also the location for The Queen Mother’s last public appearance.