Royal Palaces on the Thames
We visit Windsor Castle, the great romantic castle perched high above the River Thames and looking down to Eton College. This is the Queen’s favourite home and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Europe. It is at once awe-inspiring and homely. We will visit the magnificent State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, where Henry VIII and Charles I, King George VI and the Queen Mother are buried, and where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had their service of blessing following their wedding. It is also the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter. If the time is right we will be able to see the Changing of the Guard.
Then lunch in the ancient town of Windsor before setting off to
Hampton Court Palace, also on the River Thames. Hampton Court Palace was home to Henry VIII where he enjoyed three of his honeymoons. Here his much-longed-for son, Edward, was born. We visit the Great Hall hung with magnificent tapestries, the vast kitchens which cooked for the Court, and the Chapel still in use today. And then out into the extensive grounds, to see the oldest and largest vine in the world, not to mention Henry’s Real Tennis Courts, still played on today. And you may not want to miss the world-famous maze! If you wanted to get on in Society, you would need to ensure that you ‘came to Court’ and that meant not being ‘mean, idle, and unknown’! It also meant knowing how to be presented to the King. So we will all practise getting that right….
This is a full-day tour.
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