19 Oct 2011 - Trip to Windsor Castle
Years 1 an 2 spent a wonderful bright, sunny (but very cold) day exploring Windsor Castle.
We were luck enough to watch the Changing of the Guards. One of the public duties battalions is responsible for providing the guard at Windsor Castle. The location of the ceremony at Windsor varies; in the summer, when the Queen is in residence it usually takes place on the lawn in the Castle's quadrangle. In wet weather or winter to protect the lawn, or when the Queen is not in residence, the ceremony occurs outside the Guardroom by Henry VIII's Gateway at the foot of Castle Hill.
We also listened to a fantastic presentation which taught us even more about the castle. The children had the opportunity to look closely at old toys (some of which actually belonged to the Royal Family) and compare them with toys today.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing Queen Mary's Dolls' House, the most famous dolls' house in the world. It took three years to complete and involved over 1,500 craftsmen. We found out that the house has electric lighting, hot and cold running water and even flushing toilets! Wow!