22 Oct 2009

Windsor Castle - British Queen's Weekend Home

After 8 years lived in the UK, I finally went to the Queen's favourite weekend home Windsor Castle, thanks to my parents' visit to Britain. Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of The Queen with nearly 1000 years history. Winsor Castle is not in centre London. So many visitors missed the chance to see it. Buckingham Palace might be an easier way to get to know a bit about the royal life. In 1992, Windsor Castle suffered severe damage. So Buckingham Palace opened to the public to pay the great repairing cost for Windsor Castle.

Windsor Castle is full of living atmosphere as it is currently occupied. Instead, most other castles are just the memory of the history. But don't expect to see the Queen's bedroom. If you go to the castle, don't forget to pick up the audio commentary. It is in many foreign languages and free of charge.

Have a look at the flag above. It is the national flag which means the Queen is not at home. When she is there, it would be a different flag. 

St George's Chapel
The chapel has been the site of many royal funerals, and is presumed to be the place selected for the burial of Queen Elizabeth II upon her death. This is her mother's burial place too. She died in 2002 at the age of 101. So every Easter and some other days, the Queen always has some private time at the chaple.

You will get ideas about the most noble order of the Garter at St George's Chapel as well. it is the pinnacle of the honours system in the United Kingdom. Membership in the order is limited  no more than twenty-four members.

 Designer Street Light

The most safest cat. Like the squirrel in the White House garden.

One thing I feel pity for the Queen. Her home is not very far from Heathrow Airport. The planes pass by too often. :)

The 'Royal' Books

There are some other interesting things to see, including Queen Mary's Dolls House, Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings from the Royal Library and some royal collections. The cameras are not allowed inside. So I am afraid you have to come by yourself.

Henry VIII Gate.  Castle tour ends here.

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