Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. Its been a Royal home and fortress for over 900 years. Melissa and me went on a day trip last Sunday and it was we had a great time even though the weather was cold and wet. Once inside we walked around the State Apartments which are extensive suites of rooms at the heart of the palace. We were also lucky enough to see the Semi State rooms, which are some of the most splendid interiors in the castle and only open to visitors for part of the year. These rooms were furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection including paintings by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence, fine tapestries and porcelain, sculpture and armour.

Within the Castle complex there were many other attractions, including the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary's dolls' house (Melissas favourite), and the fourteenth-century St. George's Chapel, the burial place of ten sovereigns and setting for many Royal weddings.

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