Today’s Glimpses of the World photo (our final 1892 look at the British Isles) shows a view of Windsor Castle.

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The book’s caption for this photo reads:

“An hour’s ride by rail from London is this magnificent abode of royalty, the history of which dates from the time of William the Conqueror, [now more than] nine hundred years ago. It is an intensely interesting place to visit because so many different sovereigns have added something to its architecture and left to it still more imperishable souvenirs connected with their reigns. Such are the Gateway of Henry VIII, the Tower of Henry III, and St. George’s Chapel, built by Edward VI. It is in this chapel that takes place at intervals the installations of the Knights of the Garter, that order which includes among its members so many kings, emperors, princes, and distinguished leaders of the race. The most conspicuous feature of old Windsor Castle is its immense ‘Round Tower,’ the view from which is beautiful and remarkably extensive. This tower is no less than 302 feet in circumference and 230 feet high. Whenever the flag [the Royal Standard, actually, not the Union Jack] floats over it, the public knows that Queen [Victoria] is in the castle, as is frequently the case. Like most medieval strongholds, this royal abode is haunted by some gloomy memories. Captives have often languished here in misery. In the Round Tower, for example, the prince who afterwards became James I of Scotland was immured for eighteen years. In the Royal Vaults of Windsor are buried several of England’s sovereign’s, including Henry VIII and his Queen, Lady Jane Seymour, the unfortunate Charles I, and the Princess Charlotte (only child of King George IV), whose funeral monument is a magnificent work of art.

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A hundred and twenty years after our book of old photos was printed, I took this photo one evening during the CAA’s trip to the 2012 Royal Windsor Horse Show. Coincidentally, it shows essentially the same view of the same castle:

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