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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

60 Photographs for 60 Years

Special Exhibition 4 February 2012 - 28 October 2012

This exhibition of photographs to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is on at Windsor Castle. You get the photos included as part of the tour of the castle.

At £17 for an adult ticket Windsor Castle is good value when you consider the sheer scale of the home of English and British monarchs, right back to Norman times. You get to see the dolls house, staterooms, ballroom, dining rooms including the St Georges Hall used for State Banquets and much much more. Half a day could easily be used up having a good look at all there is on offer. St George’s Chapel alone with tombs of various Kings and Queens including Henry the Eighth could seriously delay the keen history vulture.

The exhibition of photographs was creating a great deal of interest and there were many foreigners, there for the castle tour displaying an intimate knowledge of the British Royal Family. The subjects of the photos varied from state visits to informal holiday snaps. You won’t get the feeling that the Royals are just like you and me though. How many of us would be in a suit for a lark around the garden with the kids or dolled up in pearls and heels not to mention the get ups for the races. Still, it’s an interesting glimpse into the life of a monarch who has been around as long as most of her subjects have been on this earth, myself included.

Foreign trips, military service, ribbon cutting, they’re all there in this intriguing exhibition which will delight all but the most ardent republican. You’ve got until October to have a look.

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