A Royal Affair

Post the excitement of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on the weekend, the crowds may have dispersed but not the love for British royalty.  Hundreds of people lined the streets and the Long Walk leading to the castle hoping to catch a glimpse of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

img_9172On Sunday, the crowds were back lined up outside Windsor Castle to walk where the Royals had walked on Saturday afternoon. St George’s Chapel was still closed to allow for the big clean up, but the outside is just as worthwhile casting your attention over. While many people head straight to the main door, very few take the time to look up. When you look up, however, put down the camera and just take in the details of the building. Quite often, we tend to jump in and take many photos  without noticing what we are looking at. We don’t know how to be present. A short ten minute observation time will allow you to say you have actually seen it.

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When you look up and across the castle grounds, you will notice the flag flying from the top of the main turret. This is the Royal Standard. Whenever this flag is up and blowing in the wind, it means Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, is in residence. Visitors are not permitted in the current living quarters of the Royal Family, but they can take a tour of the royal Staterooms.

Windsor Castle is the oldest castle in the United Kingdom with almost 1000 years history starting with William the Conqueror in 1100. Since then, 40 Kings and Queens have called the castle home. Below shows the living quarters of Queen Elizabeth II which are off limits to the general public. You can read more about the history of the castle here.

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Of course, there are the obligatory gift stores strategically placed around the grounds to tempt you into buying a reminder souvenir of your visit. From fine china dishes to postcards, there is something for all tastes and budgets. Or perhaps, you might want to celebrate your visit with a bottle of royalty champagneimg_9192

 

 

 

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