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The London Logs: Castelesque Windsor & A Swan Song

The Author By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | July 29th, 2012 | Comments No Comments

I was surprised the village of Windsor is built right around the castle. It seemed at my every turn, windsor-castle.jpgthe castle loomed over the village. The oldest castle in England, Windsor Castle is the main residence of Queen Elizabeth.

She did not come out to greet me, however, probably not realizing I had made this unexpected visit. This was a last-minute adjustment to the unpredictable weather and an attempt to eat a traditional Sunday English dinner of roast and Yorkshire pudding. But, the riverside restaurant I landed in was out of Yorkshire pudding!

Well, that gives me something to come back for.

I did wander by Eton College, where the royals and other uppercrust are educated, and over a swan-choked section of the Thames. Apparently, all wild swans (more accurately, mute swans) that live in open water in England are owned by the Queen, and are leg-banded and numbered. This dates back to medieval times when the Crown wanted this decadent food source for banquets and feasts. Today, “the Crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water,” according to Her Majesty’s web site (www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Pressreleases/2002/SwanUppingceremonyin2002.aspx).

(Her Majesty has a web site? Perhaps she’ll friend me on Facebook! Or might this be my personal swan song?)
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