On our fourth and final excursion with the students for the semester, we traveled to to Windsor Castle and Eton College for the day. First stop, Windsor Castle!
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and where she is spending most of her time these days. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years.
The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. It has held residence for many Kings and Queens, including Henry VIII! Through this period Henry VIII and Elizabeth I made increasing use of the castle as a royal court and centre for diplomatic entertainment. The castle itself covers an area of about 13 acres and contained the following during our guided tour:
- State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection
- St George’s Chapel (burial place of 10 monarchs including Henry VIII)
- Queen Mary’s Dolls House
- The Drawings Gallery
Everything was beautiful and we could only take pictures of the outside of the castle. Since we visited on a Sunday, the Chapel was closed to visitors for Sunday service. I am hoping we will be able to travel back to Windsor to explore the Chapel and the town itself a little more.
The most exciting part of the day was when we were visiting the State Apartments, Her Majesty The Queen arrived at Windsor Castle. We did not see her in the flesh, but it was cool to know we were in the same place as her. Honestly it’s probably the closet we will ever get to see her!
We took so many pictures, that I couldn’t decide what to post so below is a slideshow of all our pictures from the day. Enjoy!
After we toured Windsor, we crossed the River Thames to Eton College. Eton is a British independent boarding school located near Windsor Castle. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI and educates over 1,300 young boys, aged 13 – 18 years old. It is a full boarding school and is one of four such remaining single-sex boys’ public schools in the United Kingdom. It has educated nineteen British Prime Ministers and generations of aristocracy, including current Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William and Price Harry. We were not allowed inside the grounds, which was disappointing, but we did enjoy walking around and hearing the history of Eton.
As I said this was our last excursion with the students for the fall. I look forward to visiting many more exciting places outside of London and can’t wait to take you along!