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Windsor Castle: On The Trail Of The British Monarchy

So what is there left to do in the area of London when you’ve basically seen all the main sights? A few days ago I encountered this problem as I reached the point of feeling like I’ve seen it all. So I decided to leave London for a day trip to beautiful Windsor and its famous medieval castle.
Windsor Castle // England
Windsor Castle is absolutely fantastic. There are no words to describe how fantastic it is, really. First of all, it’s huge – huger than any other building complex I have ever seen in my life. It would probably take you a whole lifetime to completely walk around it. It’s so impressively monumental and monumentally impressive that, even if you don’t get the chance to enter it, it’s already worth a trip to Windsor. Yet, you should go inside, of course, because why not, right?
The tower of Windsor Castle // England
Inside the Windsor Castle // England
As soon as you enter, it is as if you travelled back to the Middle Ages. The walls are 4 meters thick, with just a long narrow vision slit cut in the shape of a cross. The streets you’re crossing are about 1000 years old, and you can still read the ancient medieval signs at the top of the doorways. Windsor Castle is really like a small town on its own, so there’s a lot to explore: there’s a castle itself, a beautiful chapel, cute little shops, small dwelling houses, and tiny gardens. I do advise you to take a whole tour and see everything for yourself! Which is a lot.
 
I started my tour with the magnificent state apartments that are still used by Her Majesty the Queen. Windsor Castle is the place which she actually calls home, and where she spends most of her private weekends and summers, and where she receives important guests. The Castle becomes an official residence of the royal family for a month over Easter (from March to April), which means that some of the most gorgeous rooms are closed for visitors from the beginning of spring. So I was extremely lucky to have been able to visit Windsor on March 1, which was the last day the apartments were still open.
Windsor Castle // England
Windsor Castle // England
I obviously wasn’t allowed to take any pictures inside, but I obviously still did. And it’s not my fault, really – the second I entered the Entrance Hall, I was so impressed by the beautiful ceilings that I just couldn’t help myself. And then I walked into another room, and it was so much better, that I couldn’t help myself again. And then every time I thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful, I found myself to be wrong. So can you really blame me?
The ceiling in the Entrance Hall  in Windsor Castle // England
Gorgeous ceilings in Windsor Castle // England
The famous Hall in Windsor Castle // England
This Hall, for example, is absolutely splendid (above). You can see that the ceiling is covered with emblems belonging to different knights, and you can also notice that some of them are whitened off. It’s because some particular knights have stained their honour by doing something unchivalrous, so they were erased from the history of the British chivalry. Still, an empty emblem will forever serve as a reminder of their disgrace.
Windsor Castle // England
When you’re done with admiring the splendor of the royal apartments, take a look at Queen Mary’s Doll House, which is no less than a masterpiece in miniature. The famous doll house was designed as a birthday present for Queen Mary (King George V’s wife), who loved collecting small objects. It took architects several years to complete the project, which was made to a scale of 1:12 and had numerous functional details: the shotguns would fire, the electricity would turn on and off, the water would run through tiny pipes, and even the engines of the little cars in the garage would run. Isn’t that impressive? Apart from such exceptional technical precision of the doll house, it’s also remarkably interesting from a historical point of view as it documents every little detail of how the royal family used to live during that period.
Queen Mary’s Doll House (Windsor Castle, England)
St. George’s Chapel is supposed to be amazing, but I didn’t get to see it myself because it’s closed on Sundays. Nevertheless, it’s absolutely stunning from the outside, representing the most excellent example of the Gothic architecture. Inside, you can find tombs of famous kings and queens of the English land – this is where the notorious Henry VIII rests in peace, together with his wife Jane Seymour (Henry’s #3), whom he is said to have loved the most (probably because she didn’t have that much time to annoy him as she died early after giving birth to his only son, Edward VI).
St. George’s Chapel (Windsor Castle, England)
The details of St. George’s Chapel // Windsor Castle, England
When you’re finished exploring the castle, I recommend taking a walk towards the river and across the Windsor bridge – within only 15 minutes you’ll find yourself in another famous town, Eton. There’s hardly anybody living there, and there’s just one road, really. But if you follow it, it will take you to the famous Eton College – an ancient boarding school for boys who come from aristocratic families and aspire to become British Prime Ministers (so far, there have been 19 Eton graduates who became PMs later on).
Windsor Bridge that separates Windsor and Eton
Eton College
If you’re interested in history, and if you enjoy day trips, Windsor is a must for you. I guarantee you that you’ll never see anything like Windsor Castle: that place is unique, and there’s so much more to it than I can tell you right now. You really have to go and see for yourself!
 
Over to you! Have you ever seen a medieval castle before?

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