Changing of the Gaurds. I hadn't wanted to see the Changing of the Gaurd at Buckingham Palace, it was always very low on my list, or if I wanted to see it I never seem to be able to go to Buckingham Palace on a day they were scheduled. And so here it was in plain sight, when I least expected it. I must add, it was a beauty to behold. The majesty. The pomp and circumstance that the English are famous for, and of course, the Catholic Church. It made it an unforgettable experience, one I shall always remember.
Queen's Guard are the names given to contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London and in Windsor
.Sentries of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment being posted in Windsor.
So does everyone else. I know it's cheesy but I had to put this photo in here.
After all, They all look like they
are from Kansas City.
Built by William the Conqueror within what was a royal hunting forest (now Windsor Great Park) after theNorman conquest of 1066, Windsor Castle has been successively enlarged, adapted and rebuilt by monarchs from Henry II to Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family continue to spend most of their private weekends at the Castle and it remains an important venue for ceremonial visits from heads of state from other countries. It is also home to some of the greatest paintings and works of art in the Royal Collection, which are displayed throughout the Castle’s splendid interiors. On your visit you will see the State Apartments, the Precincts, the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel (except on Sundays when the Chapel is closed to visitors). Please allow at least 2 hours for your visit
A map of Windsor Castle, you can see the grandiose enormity.
If your visiting London, I recommend a train trip to Windsor and allot for about 2 hours to see Windsor Castle. You will want to definitely have a scone and some tea ( the place is right next to the Castle, can't miss it), and hobble along the cobble stones streets, try not to trip like I did, and check out the church and the bench I slept on. Also, a visit to the neighboring town of Eton is de riguer. Eton college is a very famous College that was founded by King Henry the VI in 1440, it began as a school to educate poor boys, and now has become an exclusive college, which only educates about 1500 boys a year. Prince Williiam and Prince Harry are among the elite that attend.
The Changing of the Guard takes place daily between April and July and on alternate days from August to March (but never on a Sunday) and is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor. Buckingham Palace is the only other place you can see this ceremony. A band usually accompanies the Guards, subject to weather conditions.
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Windsor Castle,which is in Windsor, in the county or Berkshire in England about 1 hour from London.
It is the oldest inhabited castle in the world and dates back to William the Conqueror. It is one of the three official residences of the British Monarchy along with Buckingham Palace in London and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth II spends many weekends in the year at the castle, using it for both state and private entertaining. Her other two residences, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle, are the Royal Family's private homes.
It's a medieval fortress, that was reconstructed in the nineteenth century. I can't wait to go back !
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