Americans have always had a love for the UK and travelling there on holiday. It’s hard to argue with their reasons as the UK has such a deep history and heritage. Some of the most stunning scenery in the world and some of the most magnificent landmarks can be found within the borders of both land masses that make up the United Kingdom. Which sights and landmarks do Americans prefer to visit most though? A survey was conducted by Send My Bag, a courier company that specialises in door to door holiday baggage delivers, to find out the answer to that question.
Millions Of Americans Spend Billions In The UK
Well in excess of 34 million Americans fly across the Atlantic to the UK every year and when you look closer at some of the statistics, such as in just 2014 Americans alone spent £17 billion on our soil. The survey was participated by over 5000 US residents over the age of 18. They were asked which landmark they’d most like to visit and were given 10 of our most popular tourists attractions to choose from.
Much of the list is not particularly surprising as many of the landmarks are also favourites to visit for UK residents. However, what may be surprising is the enduring interest other countries around the world, in this case, the US, have in the British Royal Family. Almost half the list are taken up with sights related to the Royal heritage of the UK, with Buckingham Palace receiving 22% of the votes as most popular.
Americans Love For The Royals
Why are the Royal Family, who do not hold as much sway or control over the nation, as their ancestors once did, still of great interest to foreigners, especially those across the pond? A lot of that has undoubtedly to do with Princess Diana and the modern age of the Royal Family and their role on a worldwide scale. Princess Diana, was for most, the first Royal that Americans fell in love with.
Her death seemed to only endear Americans to the Royals even more. Again, this is because of the legacy Diana left in her death – her sons. Prince William and Prince Harry have given the world a younger more relatable side of the monarchy. Harry serving time in the military and working a lot State-side and William’s courtship and eventual marriage to Kate Middleton and the birth of their children has given much to keep Americans interested across the pond.
These are perhaps many of the reasons why Buckingham Palace and then Tower of London, two landmarks closely connected to the monarchy are the places where a large percentage of the Americans surveyed wanted to visit. Even when you consider further down the list at Westminster Abbey and the Royal Yacht Britannia. It will be interesting how much this changes over the next 10 to 20 years, with the Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids growing up with the attention of the media from around the world.