Windsor Castle

Here at head office, we’re lucky enough to be right by Windsor Castle.  In the summer, we go down to the Long Walk for lunch where we have a beautiful view of the castle. 

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Almost a thousand years old, the oldest parts of the castle were built by the Normans after the victory of William the Conqueror in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  It looked a lot different in those days as it was built out of wood in the Motte and Bailey style which was popular at the time.  Motte and Bailey castles were easy to build and provided protection from invaders.

The Queen spends many weekends at Windsor Castle and she also hosts state visits here. Since I’ve been working at Thames Valley Summer Schools, I have seen two state visits. I’ve also managed to see the Queen twice! It’s always an exciting event with lots of people attending to watch the procession through the streets to Windsor Castle. You’ll know when the Queen is in residence as the Royal Standard flag will be flying instead of the Union Jack. Henry I was the first monarch who lived at Windsor Castle. He replaced the wood with stone and the castle began to look more how it does today.

Other Monarchs who lived at Windsor Castle include:

  • Edward III – he was also born there
  • Henry VIII - he is buried in the Windsor Castle’s Lady Chapel.
  • Elizabeth I
  • Queen Victoria 
  • The royal family slept in Windsor Castle during WW2, but this was a secret. The public believed that they were spending nights in Buckingham Palace.

We can catch a glimpse of the changing of the guard ceremony from our office. It’s always fun to watch and hear the band play traditional military marches as well as a few popular songs. We all love working by the castle, if you find yourself near Windsor, the Castle is worth a visit.

 28th February 2014 /    Alice /   Sight Seeing

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