Outing to Windsor and Windsor Castle 11th October 2017

We left Carterton on time and our journey to Windsor was comfortable and without delay. When we arrived at Windsor we were very surprised to see so many yellow jackets, being worn by both the police and stewards. (The police were carrying firearms). The pavements were edged with barriers and there was a feeling that something important was about to happen. Normally the passengers would make their way to a café, but on this occasion it was to the Castle entrance.  There was to be a parade of a Band made up, of Life Guards and Blues and Royals; and Scots Guards for the changing of the Guard. Changing the Guard, also known as ‘Guard Mounting’, begins with the Windsor Castle Guard forming up outside the main Guard Room. In due course, the new Guard will arrive, led by a Regimental Band. At the conclusion of the change over the old Guard returns to Victoria Barracks in Windsor town.

After the parade, as there is not a café inside the Castle grounds, it was time for refreshments before entering the Castle.

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.

Among the highlights of a visit to WindsorCastle is Queen Mary’s Dolls House, the largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world.

The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto.

St George’s Chapel within the Castle Precincts is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the oldest order of chivalry in the world.

Windsor Castle was so interesting, and as expected, steeped in history. The rooms were well maintained and some had exquisite chandeliers.

After visiting the castle, some took an open topped bus tour, others walked by the river and then, of course, there was shopping. The old station is the scene of an attempt on the life of Queen Victoria. It has now been largely converted into a shopping and refreshment complex, though there is still a local service from short platforms at the far end. On display in the station is a replica of the engine once used to drive the Queen’s train.

Feedback of the visit was that the day had been enjoyed enormously but tiring. Our driver took a slightly longer route home but we arrived back in Carterton without any traffic delays.

Pam

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