United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 63

 

 

Thursday, 26 October 2017, Eton to Windsor and Ealing

 

What a surprise, raining lightly again this morning and continued throughout the day.

 

Off to Windsor Castle this morning after a leisurely start to the day again. The biggest advantage of the hotel where we stayed was that it is close to the castle and we didn't have to find parking as we were able to leave the car there until we were ready to head to London.

 

Windsor has been associated with the English and later British royalty since it was built in the 11th century and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. It has of course been remodelled a few times by different kings and queens. Quite a few of the state rooms were damaged or destroyed in a fire in 1992 and a five year restoration has restored some of the rooms to their former glory and others have been changed as part of the rebuild. Very impressive sight going through the various state rooms with all the finery, weapons arrangements and paintings on display.

 

Saint George's Chapel is located within the Castle grounds and contains the tombs of a number of former kings and queens and some members of their families. The chapel is closely associated with the Order of the Garter, the most prestigious British order of chivalry, with all new knights inducted there. The grounds of course are in beautiful condition and the flag was flying on the Round Tower which meant the Queen was in residence. She didn't come down to meet us though.

 

A 30 minute drive put us in Ealing about 2:30pm and it was great to catch up with the grandkids and Peter and Astrid. We have four days left to check out some more of the London area and have some family fun.

 

 

 

  • Windsor Castle Windsor Castle
  • Windsor Castle Gates Windsor Castle Gates
  • Windsor Castle; Garden in what was the moat Windsor Castle; Garden in what was the moat
  • Windsor Castle Quadrangle and State Rooms Windsor Castle Quadrangle and State Rooms
  • The Round Tower, Windsor Castle The Round Tower, Windsor Castle
  • Saint George's Chapel, WIndsor Castle Saint George's Chapel, WIndsor Castle
     

 

 

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