Monday, October 12, 2009
London: Windsor Castle and The Eton School
Queen Victoria's statute heralds the entrance of Windsor Castle. The history of Windsor Castle includes two stages following the signing of the Magna Carta (amazes me how old England is and how NEW the US is). Elizabeth I used this castle as her primary residence. It has survived bombings of WWI and WWII and also survived a fire in 1992 which began in the private chapel. It was repaired and hosted the marriage of Charles and Camilla in 2005.
The prestigious Eton School was founded in 1440 by Henry VI. Eighteen prime ministers as well as Princes William and Harry are famous Etonians. Even Thomas More and George Orwell are graduates. The school uniform is a black tailcoat and pinstriped pants - like our formal tuxedos!