Windsor Castle Gardens by Stephen Stookey
Windsor Castle's distinctive architecture, gardens and history make it a popular destination. The longest-occupied royal palace in Europe, Windsor's history dates back to William the Conqueror. Today, Windsor serves as the primary residence for Queen Elizabeth II.This image highlights the moat gardens surrounding the Round Tower. The ring of roses leads the eye toward the gated entrance to the Upper Ward's royal residences.Image captured with a Canon 50D & Canon EF-S 15-85 IS USM lens.FAA…
Apollo Fountain by Inge Johnsson
The Palace of Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal chateau in Versailles in the Ile-de-France region of France. In French it is the Chateau de Versailles.When the chateau was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in…
Hampton Court Palace, England, A-Z Challenge, Day "H"
Evidently King Henry VIII loved to play tennis. One of the first additions he made to HAMPTON COURT PALACE after taking it away from Cardinal Wolsley was to build a huge facility to accommodate this sport. What we know of as similar to Squash or Racquet Ball today was then just tennis. King Henry VIII was a young and very strong atheletic man who enjoyed all outdoor activities and sporting events...his court was well-known for their long hunt parties. Can you imagine what equipment they…
The Olympic city... at dawn: Golden images of the Houses of Parliament and London's other great landmarks bathed in morning sun
Incredible pictures of London taken from a helicopter at dawn this morning show how The Shard is already dominating the skyline of the city.
Inside Queen Elizabeth’s Childhood Playhouse
Want to see the British royal version of a sheet fort? The BBC gives the public a tour of Queen Elizabeth’s childhood playhouse, built in 1932 when she was only six years old. Princess Beatrice recently helped remodel the mini house, as a tribute to her grandmother’s sixty years as Queen of England.Modeled after a traditional Welsh cottage, the mini building is two-thirds the size of a real house.