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!


Annie said...

Love your photos. It too amazes me about the age of so many of these monuments. Here in the US, something 100 years old is VERY old, but over there, that's nothing!

Trekcapri said...

Hi Flygirl, wonderful photos. How great that you were able to visit Windsor Castle and the Eton School. It looks beautiful!

Thanks for sharing more of your trip photoes and experiences. Have a great day today!

girasoli said...

Great photos! Interesting uniforms! Can you imagine kids in the US wearing those? Some of the photos remind me of Hogwarts. I wonder if any of Harry Potter was filmed there?