As our coach drew into Windsor, our tour group was greeted by the sight of draft horses delivering beer to a nearby pub. From that moment, we knew that our visit to Windsor would be something special, and I'm glad to say that it was, indeed.
Our group stayed at the Castle Hotel, above, where Victoria and I had both stayed before and which is a personal favourite. The hotel is directly across from some of Windsor's landmarks, including the Guildhall, below, and the Crooked House.
A Guildhall wedding, above, a la Prince Charles and Camilla, who were married here in 2005.
Side view of the Guildhall with statue of George of Denmark, Queen Anne's consort
Click here for a tour of the inside of the Guildhall and the history of the building, which we covered in a prior post.
Windsor's Crooked House, built in 1592 and reputed to have a secret passage in the basement leading to Windsor Castle that facilitated trysts between Charles II and Nell Gwynn.
The statue of Queen Victoria which stands at the end of the street leading to the Castle.
It was a glorious day for our group visit to the Castle.
We even got a peek at the van belonging to "Her Majesty's Supplier of Lighting Fittings and Allied Components."
After our tour of the Castle, a pub lunch was enjoyed at The Horse and Groom, the very same pub that received the delivery of ale courtesy of the draft horses.
Our table afforded us a birdseye view of the Town, but unfortunately we didn't get a glimpse of the Guard's Band that day - these photos were taken a few days later by Victoria during our extended stay after the conclusion of the Tour.
More on our stay in Windsor coming soon!
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