Saturday, May 19, 2018

Day 3 - Windsor

I thought I would re-post our day at Windsor since it is Harry and Meghan's wedding day.

I have added additional photos today.

May 2010 - Windsor England

Click here for more of our day.

The bus parks below the Castle and there are stairs (again) up to street level where the train station is.

It is a pretty town and well worth visiting again to have time to wander around. As always it is so easy to get around England using the trains. Steve spent some time giving us amusing instructions on how to find our way back to the bus.

I was surprised that there is a town right below the Castle. If the Queen ran out of stockings she could run right down and get them in Droopy's and Brown's. If she needed room spray from Crabtree and Evelyn (my favourite). She could grab a cup of tea with the other ladies at Cinnamon Cafe, however my choice would be Costa's.

website has this photo of the Castle from the air.

No pictures can be taken inside. I saw several people get caught and the guards will make you delete every one of them as they watch.

From the official Castle website:
Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years. The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares (13 acres) and contains magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, St George's Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs), and Queen Mary's Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature.

Some random shots...

The servants on their day off

The Doll's House was interesting, but very crowded. I found a picture of it online.

Steve was full of interesting facts about the Castle and Queen. The Queen was in residence while we were there, however would be leaving later that afternoon to go to Buckingham Palace (which she dislikes intensely and calls it the Office) for the Opening of Parliament the next day. According to Steve she can be seen heading down the motorway driving her own beat up Land Rover.
Her private rooms are in this building on the Castle grounds.

From the grounds you can see Eton College. Ascot is also very close by and the annual races would be taking place in mid June.

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale is buried in St. George's Chapel. He was the grandson of Queen Victoria (who will be the subject of another post). There has always been speculation that he was Jack the Ripper. The chapel is absolutely magnificent and I truely wish we were allowed to take pictures inside. I was delighted to find this website that has virtual tours of the chapel and castle.

And I guess even the Queen sometimes needs to go in a hurry!

The Changing of the Guard took place while we were there. We didn't intend on seeing it as we had a limited amount of time to visit the Castle, but as we were leaving it was on and you couldn't leave the grounds until they had finished.


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