Monday, 8 February 2010

Windsor

Okay, for a break on post of beach and lovely warm weather of Bali. I decided to start blogging about our trip around UK with my mother in law.
We've just get back from Wales yesterday and it's been sunny for 2 weekend consecutively! This is rare... very rare... if you lived in UK you know what I mean.
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Last week, we were in Windsor Castle. The sky was so blue, the sun is so bright, but it was extremely cold. Now do you know that Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror and also is the oldest in continuous occupation.
Below is St. George chapel.
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Interior (not my pictures)
St George's Chapel Choir
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The castle's floor area is approximately 484,000 square feet (44,965 square metres)... Don't ask me how long it takes to mow their lawn!
Together with Buckingham Palace in London and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, it is one of the principal official residences of the British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II spends many weekends of 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.
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Most of the Kings and Queens of England, later Kings and Queens of the United Kingdom, have had a direct influence on the construction and evolution of the castle, which has been their garrison fortress, home, official palace, and sometimes their prison. Chronologically the history of the castle can be traced through the reigns of the monarchs who have occupied it. When the country has been at peace, the castle has been expanded by the additions of large and grand apartments; when the country has been at war, the castle has been more heavily fortified. This pattern has continued to the present day.
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Sadly, no photography allowed on the interior of this Castle. I should say the collection inside is the best I've seen across UK. (All interior pictures are not the picture that I took, I bet someone must have been so skillful to hide his DSLR)
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You can also see impressive dollhouse belongs to queen Mary. The doll house which mimic the life around the palace. It's really impressive. (Notice : this is not picture I took)
Queen Mary's doll house at Windsor Castle
Queen Mary's Dolls' House
It was massive! taller than a person!

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Above : My son try to break in to the Castle.
And outside, there is queen's royal guard, marching all around the property. My son was so keen to take a picture with him.
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1 comment:

Cath J said...

Very lovely photo... ^_^

YOur boy soo cute with the hand act like a 'DSLR'... ^_^