Windsor Castle. The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The family home to British kings queens for over 1,000 years. The place where Her Majesty The Queens chooses to spend most of her private weekends, as well as a month after Easter…and in fact it was just a week after Easter. The flag flying from the Castle’s Round Tower was the Royal Standard, which also pointed to the fact that The Queen was there. And would you believe it, but we got a glimpse of her! Any time we spotted a lady in bright, we jumped for joy in the thought that it may be her. But as we walked through the magnificent State Apartments, we saw a hidden door opposite the courtyard. While the doorway was covered, we saw a man escorting a number of corgis down the stairs. At this point, we were glued to the window. And then we saw her! A little lady in a dull coat walked down the stairs following her beloved corgis, and sat in an old green car, which drove out of the castle for what we can only assume to be a walk in the park. What an adventure!
As for the rest of the space, it was all breathtaking. My favourite has to be Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world, created in the 1920’s and filled with thousands of objects made by leading craftsmen, artists and designers of the time. It even has electricity and running water!
St George’s Chapel is another splendour. Although when I was there with Laszlo in the fall we attended Evensong, this time, we had an opportunity to enjoy the splendour of this building from every angle. It is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs!
Our English pub food in The Carpenter’s Arms was perfectly filling, and gave is energy to further explore the city. Before heading home, we couldn’t resist another feeding of the swans. There was just too many and the friendliest bunch I ever did see.
Windsor, you truly are a royal gem!