“This is the short and the long of it” – Mistress Quickly, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, Scene ii
Windsor Castle is a royal residence just outside London, and often used as a weekend home for the queen. During our visit, we were able to walk around the public areas of the castle, including St. George’s Chapel and the State Apartments. As you can imagine with any palace that is still in use (and also renovated as a huge tourist attraction), Windsor Castle is displayed in all its fine glory – many weapons on display, silk curtains and gilded ceilings. Amongst the artifacts (and there are many) is a full suit of armor belonging to Henry VIII (man, he was huge) and Queen Mary’s dollhouse (which is amazing).
Many previous monarchs are buried within St. George’s Chapel, including Henry VIII and his beloved Jane Seymour, George VI (the current queen’s father) and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother, who lived to 101 years old!) and many more. While there, we also learned all about the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which is the highest order of chivalry in the UK.
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the state apartments or the chapel, so you’ll just have to do with the outside pictures.