Windsor Castle Again: 13 December 2016 (Tuesday)

On Sunday, I thought visiting Windsor Castle again would be a good idea, so I got a ticket for today. To get there, I walked down to Victoria Station, hopped on the underground to Waterloo, then took a train to the Windsor/Eaton Station. At Waterloo station had a good conversation with a guy who was handing out information of some upcoming work to Waterloo station. We must have talked for nearly 15 minutes while I was waiting for my train about his family looking forward to visiting his father in Nova Scotia and about 10 other topics. Very easy to engage people when you show interest.

The map below shows the distance between London and Windsor. The Queen is there most weekends. From what I’ve read, she travels by motorcade. The drive takes around 45 minutes.

The train stations at Windsor (there are two) are a short walk to the entrance to Windsor Castle. The town of Windsor, with many shops and homes, is next to the castle’s east side.

The castle has been around since the time of William the Conqueror (1066) and has been added to and updated extensively by Henry III, Edward III, Henry VIII, Charles II, George III and George IV. As with any home, if you have many people adding their own ideas, you have what you find today. Each section of the castle is interesting in their own right, but together it is an very “interesting” mixture of buildings.

It is part castle and part palace, with many very nice rooms for entertainment and as a home. Within the walls of the castle is the beautiful and grand St. George’s Chapel.

Only a few pictures below. More pictures can be found in a July update entitled: “Yes, I am an Aglophile…”

From the picture below, you can see the stonework with the light color, that was an addition by Henry VIII, and shows the main public entrance for the castle, and lodging for people who live and work there.

Below is where the Queen and her family live – primarily on the second floor about in the center of the picture. This section of the castle is to the right of the state rooms and were not affected by the 1992 fire.

The “Round Tower” is one of the older sections of the castle, but George IV didn’t think it was interesting enough so added another 10 meters to the height of the structure. (Currently being restored.)

The picture below is one of the older castle gates that leads into the private quarters and state rooms of the castle.

The picture below shows the area where the state rooms are located. The fire in 1992 damaged many of these rooms but have been since restored.

One of the areas I didn’t get to visit in July was the “Long Walk” up to the Castle which is probably used by the Queen and her guests as they approach the castle. From this angle, the castle doesn’t look hodgepodge.

Can you image driving up this road…

… and seeing this?

Overnight guest stay in the rooms located in the two towers pictured above.

Met some very interesting people during the tour. Again, very willing to talk about most anything. They asked about our election and what was going on. Many people in the UK have a keen interest in what happens in the U.S.

I took more time visiting St. George’s Chapel. This is where Henry the VIII is buried and also the Queen’s immediate family. A very beautiful building, well-designed, with excellent craftsmanship. Would have liked to have taken pictures on the inside but was not allow to do so, which I understand. So many pictures of the interior are already on the Internet.

I took a picture of the Windsor (the town) chapel.

Took a couple of pictures of the town of Windsor. Looks like they are ready for Christmas. This would be a good place to shop for gifts with so many interesting stores to visit. You can tell this is a royal town.

I’ll probably visit again. So much to see here!

 

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