Day 6 - Thurs 1st Sept 2016 - Windsor, UK

The tour of Windsor Castle started early after a Scroope group photo in front of the St George's Chapel.

We found the Scroope Coat of Arms five times in St Georges Hall for each of the Lords being Knights of the Garter. Also in St Georges Chapel we found 3 of the plaques in the Knights stalls. After the death of a Knight, their belongings are packaged back to the family. As Lord Grosvenor had recently died in May 2016, we were lucky enough to see his banner up close. It was relevant as in 1389 Scrope vs Grosvenor went to court to settle who could use the contested coat of arms colours- Scrope won and kept the blue background shield with  gold diagonal stripe. Grosvenor changed to a yellow wheatsheaf on same blue shield. On our tour, we had Rossi Scrope from UK. She took time off from London job to do the tour for the first time. We also saw the 11:15 changing of the guard.

We then toured the state rooms, where the Queens stays and also found more Scroope coat of arms. After a long day at Windsor Castle, we drove to Maidenhead and walked along The Thames river and watched the boats passing through the lochs. We had a late lunch and a coffee overlooking the river.

The final tourist activity was to Runnymede to view the Magna Carta signing memorial. We learnt of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede in 1215 in Primary School, so it was amazing to be there.

Being hungry and tired, we walked to the diner at the local pub for dinner. After dinner, we talked to Phillip, Pauline, Irish Paul Scroope and Canadian Charlie Scroope. Charlie had great stories of his English School days at Beaumont College as a 14yr old. He is the now 85yrs old

 Scroopes at St Georges Chapel - Windsor Castle

Scroopes at St Georges Chapel - Windsor Castle

 Scroopes - Windsor Castle   

Scroopes - Windsor Castle   

 Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

 Georges Hall at Windsor Castle. We found plaques for 4 of the 5 Knights of the Garter. One is next to the Emperor Hirohito of Japan's flag

Georges Hall at Windsor Castle. We found plaques for 4 of the 5 Knights of the Garter. One is next to the Emperor Hirohito of Japan's flag

 Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

 Loch on The Thames at Maidenhead

Loch on The Thames at Maidenhead

 Karen relaxing at the Riviera Hotel at Maidenhead

Karen relaxing at the Riviera Hotel at Maidenhead

 Maidenhead - Riviera Hotel on River Thamed

Maidenhead - Riviera Hotel on River Thamed

 Magna Carter memorial at Runnymede

Magna Carter memorial at Runnymede

 Magna Carter -1215

Magna Carter -1215