The first room we went into was called the Drawing Room and had several Da Vinci drawings (only a few of the 600 Leonardo Da Vinci sketches the Windsor owns) that were quite beautiful.
|"Studies for the head of Leda"|
Nuts how this is just a sketch of Da Vinci's and yet it is still so
beautiful! It said in the caption that he was practicing the hairstyle of
this goddess for a painting he was doing later. You can see the complete
collection of Da Vinci sketches the Windsor owns at the Royal Collection website.
|Adorable, eh? Both photos were in the exhibition at the castle.|
The 1st photo was taken around 50 or so years ago, and the 2nd
is recent. But I'm diggin in the recreation pose. Queen Mother looks like
she even has the same brooch in both photos.
Does Philip come with her? And how come we don't hear about him very much?
"Sometimes he comes with her, sometimes alone. And he's rather quiet. And quite cheeky."
That is a direct quote. WHAT? The Queen Mother's husband is CHEEKY and we don't hear about it? ha, I was disappointed.
|The exhibition had several awesome wedding pics of the royal couple. Really.|
It made me swoony to see a sliver of their personal lives. ha not
that royal weddings are very private mind you... but still.
Filet de Sote Mountbatten (for breakfast)
Bombe Glacee Princess Elizabeth (for dessert, of course)
Not joking. If you have food named after you, you know you have succeeded in life.
PS Duke of Edinburgh Philip is super talented! A modern day renaissance man I would say. He was a competition carriage driver, sailed, was a "keen amateur wildlife photographer", was a patron and enjoyer of around 600 charities and arts and science organizations, and wrote several books.
|Photograph taken by Philip himself|
|"Duart Castle from the Sound of the Mull"|
Oil painting, done by THE Philip. He's the man.
"The Queen has been consulted and has approved everything in the exhibition. The Duke, however, is known to hate any sort of fuss about himself. Asked if he would be opening the exhibition- or even attending it- a Palace spokesman yesterday admitted: 'I don't think so.'"The whole article about the exhibition can be found here. Oh Philip, I think I would like to meet you.
The Royal Chapel (St. George's Chapel) is also located nearby Windsor Castle (the grounds for Windsor are 13 acres, so a lot is "nearby") and so naturally, I went in cause I love churches. And when it's called 'Royal' its no joke! There are many a King n Queen buried here! King Henry VIII (whom I love to hate. he's infuriatingly fascinating) and King Charles I (executed for treason eventually, he wanted himself as King to be able to overrule Parliament which the people didn't like, hence England's Civil War in the 1600's. Granny feel free to correct my British History if necessary :)
|St. George's Chapel|
|"Ophelia" by John Everett Millais in 1851|
|Ahh, this photo just doesn't do it justice! It was so wispy and misty and|
on a pretty big canvas with these smoky colors.
By James Abbott McNeil Whistler, a painting in his Nocturne: Blue and Silver
|An unfinished (yet still a stunner) painting by famous Romanticist|
"Sun Setting Over a Lake" circa 1840
|Tate Britain Museum Front Doors|