Windsor Castle Round Tower
A tour of Windsor Castle was in the Globus tour itinerary as well as the London Tea Tour. Below are some of my 2001 notes:
- Windsor Castle is one of the official residences of the Queen.
- She is officially in residence at Windsor Castle twice a year - April and June, but she and her family spend most of their private weekends there too.
- Windsor Castle is the oldest Royal Residence to remain in continuous use.
- The Castle itself covers an area of about 13 acres, but sits on a 1,800 acre spread.
- It is the largest occupied castle in the world. The vast structure has evolved over many centuries from its origin as a Norman fortress. It was founded by William the Conqueror over 900 years ago.
- It contains about 1,000 rooms and consists of three "wards" - upper, middle and lower.
Queen Mary's Dolls' House, which was given to her in 1924, is displayed in the castle for tourists to see. Also the China Museum, where cases surround the walls displaying magnificent china services that are still used for royal banquets and other important occasions today. Any one who loves beautiful dishware [which I do!] will appreciate this.
Entering the castle at St. George's Gate.
Looking towards the east and south ranges of the Quadrangle where the Queen's private apartments are located.
Pictured below is the teacup I bought at the Windsor Castle gift shop in 2001.
It is backstamped: The Royal Collection - Fine Bone China - Made in England. Design inspired by the furniture and decorative details in the Grand Reception Room at Windsor Castle.
2007 Photos - but no new Windsor teacup on this visit!
Tomorrow's teacup is from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland.