by Emma

My birthday treats started early this year when my lovely friend Dani took me on a surprise day trip to an undisclosed location.

I hopped into the car on a sunny Saturday morning and was handed a little note, complete with pictures of our beloved Queenie, telling me that we were going to Windsor! Surprisingly, despite many London tourist trips when I was younger, and a love of exploring as I have got older, Windsor wasn’t somewhere that I had already ticked off my list. So you can imagine how exited I was to do so with one of my besties…

Our day was packed with lots of lovely things – but we obviously paid a visit to the Queen’s pad, Windsor castle…

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The Royal family is an institution that often divides people, but I for one am all for them. I hugely admire the Queen, who is the ultimate #girlboss (you should read this fabulous article by Stylist Magazine about her role as an inspiring female boss…of our country), so an opportunity to see her stomping ground is not one I would miss.

But whatever your thoughts on the royals, Windsor Castle is a truly awe-inspiring piece of architecture which has been the home of Kings and Queens for almost a thousand years.

It is a true reflection of our countries heritage and it is utterly beautiful.

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We wandered the grounds to soak up the sunshine, as we were blessed with a glowing day. Where the moat once was you can see a highly manicured and tended garden, which you can walk amongst if you visit in the month of August (but it is equally beautiful to look at from a higher vantage point as you wander around).

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Of course we had a nosy around the state apartments, which at the time of visiting housed a themed trail though out the apartments marking the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo.

We even managed to time our wander around the grounds just right to see the guards marching.  Dani initially thought they were coming for me, though for what misdemeanour I am not sure!

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The icing on the cake of our trip was discovering that once you have purchased your ticket, you can get it stamped so that you can return free of charge as many times as you would like within the year.

We gleaned a nugget of information that told us more of the apartments used by the Queen are open between October and March, and of course they put on a fabulous display at Christmas so Dani and I are already planning to bask in the festive spirit of Windsor Castle.

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If you get a chance to visit I would thoroughly recommend it, it is part of our history and a beautiful site.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to wander around the beautiful town…. we snuck in a delicious breakfast at Cafe Rouge (the first time I ever tried Eggs Benedict…or in fact Eggs Royale, as I opted for the salmon accompaniment, and I am now a new convert), and a little shopping before we headed up to the castle.

Our post castle activities naturally involved afternoon tea, so watch this space for a fabulous recommendation!

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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