Visit London Blog » Windsor Castle Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London on TV: The Queen’s Palaces on BBC One Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:00:45 +0000

Here’s a heads-up for everyone who loves snooping around royal palaces in London.

The Queen’s Palaces is a three-part TV series on BBC One, presented by Fiona Bruce, and broadcast on 12, 19 and 26 September at 9pm.

The series tells the stories behind the creation of her Majesty’s official residences – Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse – and of the Kings and Queens whose vision and taste left their mark on these great buildings.

Don’t miss the first one, broadcast on Monday, which is all about our favourite: Buckingham Palace.

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Royal Exhibitions for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fri, 06 May 2011 12:59:16 +0000

The Royal Collection will stage a series of exhibitions to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Highlights include a display of diamonds at Buckingham Palace, a collection of press photos at Windsor Castle, and a major Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery.

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration will coincide with the summer opening of Buckingham Palace in August and September 2012. Among the priceless objects on display will be:

  • Queen Victoria’s small diamond crown
  • The Girls of Great Britain, the tiara worn by the Queen in the image that appears on British banknotes
  • The South Africa Necklace, presented to the Queen on her 21st birthday
  • The finest pink diamond ever discovered, which was given to the Queen as a wedding present and later made into the Williamson Brooch

Jonathan Marsden, Director of the Royal Collection, said a diamond exhibition was an obvious choice for the Jubilee, adding that the Queen was “enthusiastic” about the plans.

The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years at Windsor Castle will feature 60 photos taken by leading press photographers from the 1950s to the present day.

The pictures show the Queen on official engagements and in her private life with her family. Although, as Royal Librarian Jane Roberts commented, “the private life of the Queen is never quite the same as it is for the rest of us!”.

The pictures give a snapshot of the Queen’s eventful life, from foreign travels and state occasions, to corgis and even a meeting with Lady Gaga.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy at The Queen’s Gallery will be the largest ever exhibition of da Vinci’s studies of the human body.

As well as being a great Renaissance artist, da Vinci was also a pioneer in the study of the human body, and the Royal Collection holds many of his notes and drawings on the subject. Da Vinci was “one of the greatest anatomists ever to have lived,” according to curator Martin Clayton.

His study of the heart was “one of the most impressive investigations in the history of science” and diagrams produced after the dissection of human corpses are “among the clearest ever depictions of the bones and muscles”, said Clayton.  Some of da Vinci’s drawings are still used by medical students today.

Queen Elizabeth II is only the second monarch to celebrate 60 years in the job. The first was Queen Victoria, who celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1897.

For more details of the Queen’s diamond jubilee exhibitions visit

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Windsor and the runnymede-on-thames Wed, 19 May 2010 13:00:28 +0000 Windsor Castle Windsor Castle Eton College Eton College Chapel The Runnymede Hotel & Spa, leftbank Restaurant The Runnymede Hotel & Spa

Windsor is only 50 minutes away from London Waterloo and perfect for a short break so the first bank holiday weekend in May seemed just right.

Most of the weekend was freezing cold all over the country, so we only managed to see a couple of sights, including Windsor Castle, which boasts 900 years of Royal history and Eton College.

Shopping was a great alternative: Windsor is a charming town with high street shops, some smaller boutiques and many restaurants and cafés.

Our fabulous hotel really made up for the bad weather. the runnymede-on-thames is just 10 minutes from Windsor by cab, has spacious rooms and a spa offering pampering massages and a number of treatments.

It was very relaxing to get up in the morning to swim a few lanes in the pool before taking in an extensive breakfast – either sweet or savoury, with the option of a full English. The buffet offered such an incredible choice that we really didn’t need to go out for lunch. Maybe only for afternoon tea in the lounge – yummy!

The buffet-style dinner in the hotel’s leftbank restaurant was an amazing experience, accompanied by champagne and some nice wines.

We started with the salad buffet, sushi and seafood (freshly prepared by the chefs – you can actually watch them at work behind the buffet). The selection of main courses changes every day with several dishes on offer, ranging from roast beef with Yorkshire pudding to chicken, lamb, deliciously prepared vegetables and much more. We couldn’t stop ourselves going back to the buffet to discover all the culinary delights!

Dessert was a sweets heaven with a choice of crème brulée, berry coulis, strawberry mousse, chocolate brownies…  to mention just a few.

The hotel’s new dining space The Lock opened at the beginning of May, and we look forward to trying it very soon – and going back to Windsor in the summer for some outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking the Thames trail.

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