After such a sensational evening last night at Kingston Bagpuise for their mid-session soirée, the students were ready to dive back in and immerse themselves in British history and culture once again.
Students travelled to the English county of Berkshire, to Windsor in search of the iconic castle. Dating back to the early 11th century, the castle was initially built after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Ancient and traditional British architecture in addition to its intimate relationship with the royal family, mark it as an extremely popular tourist attraction. Since the reign of Henry I, every ruling monarch has occupied the castle, marking it as the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Still, to this day, Windsor Castle remains Queen Elizabeth II’s preferred weekend home and is still used regularly to host various state visits. Queen Elizabeth II’s personal attachment to the castle comes from an early age, seeking refuge there during the Second World War to avoid the blitz.
Students spent all morning exploring and unravelling the castle’s mysteries, before spending the afternoon roaming freely through the extensive parkland in which the castle is set. To finish their trip, students walked the dead straight two-mile ‘Long Walk’ driveway, lined on both sides with trees. Tomorrow the students will be taking part in the highly anticipated Inter Campus Olympics!