Windsor Weekend

Windsor Castle,IMG00735 at about 13 acres, is the largest inhabited castle in the world and is the oldest royal residence to have been in continuous use by the monarchs of Britain. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1066 after the Norman Conquest. Since then, buildings have been added and adapted throughout history up until recently when Her Majesty the Queen restored it after a fire in 1992.

 

 

tower of london (11)What I have learned about both castles and palaces here is that many people reside directly on the grounds, in addition to the royals. It is not one building but a collection of many buildings, typically cathedrals, residences, and museums. (The guard or “Beefeater” we met at the Tower of London took residence inside the Tower-see inset photo from previous weekend.) And those also living in Windsor Castle include Military Knights, Constables and Governors (senior retired officers), in addition to Her Majesty herself, who is rumored to drive around Windsor in a green Jaguar.

quireOne of the highlights of the day was attending a service at St. George’s Chapel. Founded in the early 13th century by King Henry III, it is considered one of the finest examples of gothic architecture of its time. Since our visit was on Sunday, the chapel was closed to visitors but open to those wanting to worship, so we thought, what better place? (This was after the woman at the front assured me children were welcome.) I won’t try to comment on the theology of the Church of England, since I really don’t know much about it yet, but in my observations, the service style is much like that of Episcopal in the U.S. – that is, very formal, mostly read out of a book, followed by communion at the end. Since we weren’t sure if it was an open communion table, we proceeded forward for a blessing, which after my many years of study at Roman Catholic institutions is quite common for non-members. As we approached the kneelers, we literally walked over the remains of King Henry VIII and his “favorite” wife Jane Seymour, King Charles I, and the infant son of Queen Anne, only some of the monarchs who are buried inside the chapel.IMG_5825

The treat for us was the visit to Windsor Castle. The treat for my daughter, however, was our visit to nearby Lego land. I was excited also until I arrived and realized it was a theme park built almost exclusively on a hill. Lots of walking, but still a good time.

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About expatmama

Karla Oselka Walsworth is a freelance writer/blogger, born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She has lived abroad twice, most recently in London, and keeps a blog on Expat living and traveling with children, www.expatmama.wordpress.com. Living in the last five years in four different cities, her writings tend to focus on challenges of moving/living with children while exposing them to all this planet has to offer. Karla, who has her MBA from the University of Illinois, and is also a certified 200 hour yoga instructor, has settled (for this moment) in the Midwest. As a recovering accountant and budding writer, she is actively raising two children with her husband Eric, hoping to give them as global a perspective as one can, at ages 7 and 4.
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2 Responses to Windsor Weekend

  1. Jan says:

    I’m so happy you are taking advantage of all the sightseeng. You were right about the church service; the Episcopal Church is the Church of England in the US. It’s a less than happy communion these days because the US church is moving away/ahead in areas like gay clergy, an open table, etc. I’ll bet it was a beautiful service with fantastic music though.

    Keilyn and I checked out Lego Land and she has it at the top of her “things to see in England” list. Hope the rest of your weekend was great as well.

  2. Pam Oselka says:

    This is so interesting to read, Karla! Love the photos, too, and how neat that you could attend the church service. I have been forwarding your blogs on to Grandma Elaine–now, if she ever checks her email??

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