Windsor Castle - The Royals, Old & New with Jennie Bond and Elizabeth Norton
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Enjoy the morning exploring Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Windsor remains a favourite royal residence, with two royal weddings held in St George’s Chapel last year. The queen, who spends many of her weekends in the castle, is not the first monarch to reside there. Windsor Castle is a witness to nearly one thousand years of royal history.
During a guided morning visit to the castle, accompanied by royal historian, Elizabeth Norton, we will unravel the layers of history. Starting with the unusual butterfly shaped plan employed by William the Conqueror, we will trace the story of the changing castle. Windsor is indelibly associated with the Order of the Garter, which was founded by Edward III. It was the scene, too, of the bitter rivalry of Henry VI and Edward IV, both of whom lie buried in St George’s Chapel. We will also learn about the Tudor monarchs, who turned the castle into a comfortable royal palace.
George IV – the famously bigamous Prince Regent – made substantial alterations in the early nineteenth century, which gave the castle its appearance today. His only surviving child, Princess Charlotte, is buried in the chapel at Windsor beneath an elaborate tomb. Her death caused a succession crisis which resulted in the birth of the future Queen Victoria. As well as a tour of the chapel and castle precincts, we will visit the glorious State Apartments. There will be time, too, to enjoy a visit to Queen Mary’s Doll’s House.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a talk by Jennie Bond, who was formerly the BBC’s royal correspondent, on the modern royal family and their continuing links with this ancient castle.
As the BBC's Royal Correspondent during 14 of the most turbulent years the monarchy has endured, Jennie was at the heart of events that made headlines around the world: from the fairy-tale marriages to the adultery, the divorces and the deaths.
Since then she has become a presenter on two of the BBC's most popular shows: Cash in the Attic, and Rip Off Britain. She also presented the highly successful BBC2 series Great British Menu.
Other projects include: Royals at War, Masterchef, Too Many Cooks, Stars in the Fast Cars, The Big Call and Jennie's own personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a three-part documentary series for Channel Five, Jennie Bond's Royals.
Jennie is popular and engaging host at awards and speaker at events.
09.45 - Meet outside the castle walls for a brief talk overview by Elizabeth Norton of Windsor’s 950 years of royal history.
10.00 - Tour of the precincts.
10.45 - The group tour the State Apartments
11.30 - We visit Queen Mary’s Doll’s House independently,
11.45 - The group visits St George’s Chapel. Elizabeth will highlight points of interest, including the tombs of Henry VI, Edward IV, Henry VIII and Princess Charlotte. The Garter stalls will also be discussed.
12.30 - Leave the castle for lunch at The Harte and Garter Hotel.
12.45 - Lunch buffet style
14.00 - Talk by Jennie Bond on the Royal Family
15.00 - Tea Break
15.30 - Final talk and discussion by Elizabeth Norton
16.30 - Day Finish’s
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Andante Study Days offer rare, often unique, insights into the world of working archaeology. All are led by expert guides, and are designed to give guests access to some of the best of British Archaeology...
What to expect
- An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
- A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
- Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
- Small Groups 12-25 guests
- The company of like-minded people!