Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Windsor Castle


On Saturday, Jim's mom, brother and I visited the beautiful Windsor Castle and although it was absolutely freezing (and snowing!), it was such a cool experience. We picked up audio guides on our way in which gave us a good explanation of the main sites. The interesting thing about this castle is that it's very much still in use by the royal family, so although certain parts are open to the public, the private apartments and other areas are closed off. The first area we visited was St. George's Chapel, a beautiful church on the castle grounds where the royals attend mass and where the Order of the Garter Knights meet on a regular basis. The Order of the Garter is the highest order of chivalry in England, founded in 1348 and it's currently made up of 24 knights selected by the Queen. St. George's Chapel is also where King Henry VIII is buried in a very inconspicuous place in the middle of the building. After the church, we moved onto Queen Mary's Dollhouse, which is the largest and most beautiful dollhouse in the world. It's a replica of the royal home and was originally built for Queen Mary.

Next up was 'The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch" exhibit which displayed iconic photographs of Queen Elizabeth during her 60 year reign. My favourites included Andy Warhol's portraits which were acquired by the Queen in 2012, and Annie Leibovitz's very natural, beautiful photographs. The last area we visited was the State Apartments, which include fine works of art and amazing furniture that reflect the changing taste of the royals throughout the years. You weren't allowed to take photos of any of these exhibits but I can assure you it's worth a visit. English history just never ceases to amaze me!



1 comment:

  1. You take some lovely photos.
    This is something I'm trying to improve upon this year... my camera skills!
    We met at BritMums last year. I don't expect you to remember but just in case!!!

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