This is your chance to enjoy a wonderful day in Windsor and experience the best of British Royal History all in one go! * QUEEN MARY’S DOLLS HOUSE (Solent Events Private Tour) * QUEEN ELIZABETH’S RESTING PLACE in George VI Chapel * WINDSOR CASTLE self-guided tour * THAMES RIVER BOAT CRUISE on the MV Georgian * 2-course ROAST LUNCH * PROSECCO CREAM TEA * PLUS LOTS OF FUN!
To make the most of these unique experiences, all in one day, please join us for this very special event in May. In true Solent Events’ Away-Day spirit, we will ensure you have a fully-inclusive day, completely hassle-free and at a great value price. Our day in Windsor will include so much, you won’t have to put your hand in your pocket, except for drinks, personal mementoes and discretionary gratuities!
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
Throughout 2024, Windsor will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of this exquisite Dolls House. It is the largest and most famous dolls’ house in the world. Built between 1921 and 1924 for Queen Mary, consort of King George V, by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it contains works from over 1,500 of the finest artists, craftspeople and manufacturers of the early 20th century. This is your chance to see a unique, much loved antique Royal ‘toy’ close up!
Queen Elizabeth II’s Final Resting Place
You will also have the chance to admire and pay your respects to Queen Elizabeth II in her final resting place. It has been marked with a new ledger stone in George VI Chapel in Windsor Castle. The King George VI Memorial chapel is part of St George’s chapel at Windsor Castle, and was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II in 1962 as a burial place for her father. George VI was originally interred in the royal vault at the castle after his death in 1952 before being moved to the chapel.The names of the late Queen and her husband, Philip, have been added to those of her parents in King George VI Memorial chapel, with the two generations separated by a metal garter star.
Princess Margaret’s ashes are also buried in the chapel, though her name is not on the inscription. The garter star is present on the ledger stone as all four royals were members of the Order of the Garter. St George’s chapel is the spiritual home of the order, which is the UK’s oldest and most senior order of chivalry, and was founded by Edward III of England in 1348.
You will also have time to stroll through the state apartments and St George’s Chapel at your own pace until around 3.45pm, when we will meet for refreshments and a private tour of Queen Mary’s Dolls House. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied, working castle in the world and is set in a stunning 13-acre site in the heart of Windsor. It is one of the most significant historical landmarks in the United Kingdom and was founded and built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century as a motte-and-bailey castle. It has since been the home of 40 monarchs. Over the centuries, it has been expanded and modified by many monarchs, including Henry II, Edward III and George IV. Today, it also stands as a testament to the rich history and architectural beauty of England. The castle hosts formal state events, ceremonial occasions and visits from foreign dignitaries and overseas Heads of State.
The MV Georgian
The Georgian spends her time cruising the Upper Thames from Windsor to Maidenhead on a daily basis and Solent Events has her all to ourselves! Beautifully finished inside and out, this boat, built-in 1996, is ideal for formal dining, buffets and parties for up to 60 guests. Her upper deck will take 80 in comfort, and her full-sized galley enables the more complex menu’s to be prepared by our experienced Head Chef.
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0830 Coach leaves Stokes Bay – Sailing Club Bus Shelter
0840 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0850 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0900 Pick up Peak Lane, Fareham
1115 Arrive Windsor
1130 Thames Cruise with Winsdor & Maidenhead Boat Company on the beautiful M.V. The Georgian
Delicious 2-course Roast Lunch served on board whilst cruising
1330 Depart boat for short stroll along the river to Windsor Castle
1430 Visit Windsor Castle and George VI Chapel for Queen Elizabeth II’s resting place
1615 Refreshments & Private Tour of Queen Mary’s Dolls House
1730 Tour ends & meet coach
1800 Depart Windsor for homebound journey
Prosecco Cream Tea served
1945 Arrive in home area
The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. For the comfort of all passengers, please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House Throughout 2024, Windsor will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of this exquisite Dolls House. It is the largest and most famous dolls’ house in the world. Built between 1921 and 1924 for Queen Mary, consort of King George V, by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it contains works from over 1,500 of the finest artists, craftspeople and manufacturers of the early 20th century.
A special centenary display is included as part of our visit to Windsor Castle. In the magnificent Waterloo Chamber we get up close to some of the tiny treasures usually contained within the Dolls’ House.
The items range from a tiny concert grand piano, fully strung and with functioning keys, to miniature Crown Jewels inset with real diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and seed pearls.
Items from the kitchens and servants’ quarters include a vacuum cleaner, which was a relatively new innovation in the 1920s; and a sewing machine, complete with thread and minuscule scissors that can actually cut.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied, working castle in the world and is set in a stunning 13-acre site in the heart of Windsor. It is one of the most significant historical landmarks in the United Kingdom and was founded and built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century as a motte-and-bailey castle. It has since been the home of 40 monarchs. Over the centuries, it has been expanded and modified by many monarchs, including Henry II, Edward III and George IV. Today, it also stands as a testament to the rich history and architectural beauty of England. The castle hosts formal state events, ceremonial occasions and visits from foreign dignitaries and overseas Heads of State.The castle is open to visitors throughout the year when they can immerse themselves in the palace’s history through the special exhibitions, walking through the childhood rooms of Queen Victoria, touring the King and Queen’s State Apartments and exploring the world-renowned gardens. If the reigning monarch is in residence, the Royal Standard flag will be flying from the Round Tower. St George’s Chapel is the home of the Order of the Garter, an annual event founded by Edward III in 1348. Windsor Castle admission ticket provides access to all public areas of the castle and gardens.
One of the most significant moments in Windsor Castle’s history was during the reign of Edward III when he transformed the castle into a luxurious palace and built St. George’s Chapel, which became the official chapel of the Order of the Garter. The chapel’s intricate designs and beautiful stained-glass windows are a testament to the architectural achievements of the time.
Castle Highlights One of the main highlights of a visit to Windsor Castle is the State Apartments, which are open to the public when the Royal Family is not in residence. These apartments are lavishly decorated with beautiful furnishings, priceless artwork, and ornate ceilings. Visitors can admire the opulence of the Grand Reception Room, the magnificent St. George’s Hall, and the impressive Waterloo Chamber, which features portraits of the Duke of Wellington and other military heroes.
Another must-see attraction is the castle’s Chapel, St. George’s Chapel, which is renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture and now for the resting place of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history and the 2nd longest in the world. The chapel has been the site of many royal weddings and funerals over the centuries. Visitors can marvel at the intricate stonework, beautiful stained glass windows, and ornate carvings in this historic chapel.
For those interested in military history, the Changing of the Guard ceremony which has been performed since 1660 is a must-see event every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 11am. This ceremony takes place outside the castle gates and features a procession of soldiers in their iconic red uniforms. The ceremony lasts around 30 minutes and is a great opportunity to witness British tradition and pageantry up close.
In addition to these highlights, there are many other areas of Windsor Castle to explore, including the beautiful gardens, the impressive Round Tower, and the historic Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, which is a miniature replica of an aristocratic home from the 1920s.
NB: Due to Windsor Castle’s status as a functioning royal palace, there may be occasions where either the entire castle or the State Apartments within it must be closed with little advance notice.
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