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Royal Spirits and Their Haunts

Many people would jump at the chance to see royalty.  Unfortunately, the majority of us will never have the opportunity… to see a living member of a royal family that is. Luckily, if the stories can be believed, some of history’s most famous deceased royal persons can still be seen roaming the castles and courtyards they once called home.

1.       Anne Boleyn: Anne was the second wife of the infamous Henry the VIII.  After being arrested for high treason (based on false charges due to the fact that she could not produce a male heir), she was taken to the Tower of London, found guilty, and beheaded. However, the unfairness and horror surrounding her death has not allowed Anne to rest easy.

 People claim that her spirit haunts many different locations throughout England.  At Blickling Hall in Norfolk, it is said that on the anniversary of her death Anne can be seen driving up the road in a coach. She holds her severed head in her hands and is driven by headless horses.  Her headless spirit has also been seen driving around Kent, where she is sometimes spotted on the roads near Hever Castle in a funeral coach driven by six headless horses.

  At a castle near Edenbridge, where Anne used to live, there is a great oak tree that still stands today.  Around Christmas time each year Anne’s restless ghost can be seen standing under the tree. 

Anne can also be spotted standing at the window in Dean’s Cloister at Windsor Castle. She has also been spotted running down a corridor screaming and clutching her head.

Although Anne haunts many locations, the most famous and frequent place she can be seen at is the Tower of London.  Within the Tower is the Church of St Peter and Vinuclar.  It is here where Anne was buried.  Several guards have reported seeing a strange light shining inside the church at night.  When one officer of the guard went to investigate he saw a procession of people dressed in Elizabethan clothing.  At the head of the procession was a spectacular woman who looked just like a portrait of Anne Boleyn that the officer had seen.  The ghostly procession passed down the aisle before suddenly vanishing.  In 1817 a soldier had a fatal heart attack after encountering her on the stairway, and in 1864 a soldier was court-martialed after being found asleep on duty. The officer claimed that he had fallen into a swoon after seeing Anne Boleyn.  Although the court had at first laughed at his claims, he was eventually acquitted of all charges after several witnesses came forward with claims of a headless woman in white near the Lieutenants Lodgings that night.  One officer said that while he was in his room he heard the officer say “Who goes there?” When he looked out the window he saw the sentry thrust his bayonet through a ghostly figure who proceeded to walk through both the bayonet and the soldier. In 1933 newspapers stated that a ghostly figure of a woman walked straight into the bayonet of a guard. The incident scared the guard so much that he fled from his post into the guardroom shouting for help.  In 1960 , Canon W.S Pakenham-Walsh, vicar of Sulgrave Northamptonshire, reported having conversations with Anne.

(Source: 50 Great Ghost Stories by John Canning)

And that dim blue halo will represent the entirety of us. Our dramas, dreams, and disappointments. The first ride without the training wheels. Our 8th grade dances. Our double Windsors and our veils, our sleepless nights in waiting rooms. Our rush hour commuters, our dozing through recitals til the one we love goes on. Our crying in the car as the one we love leaves home. Just that thin filament of blue, on which we wage our peace.

Diary Entry - 10th February 1840 - The Wedding Of Victoria And Albert

The entire transcript from Queen Victoria’s diary of her wedding day.

Slept well & breakfasted at ½ p. 9, before which Mama came, bringing me a nosegay of orange flowers, & good Lehzen gave me a dear little ring. — Wrote my Journal & saw Ld Melbourne. — Had my hair dressed & the wreath of orange flowers put on my head. My wreath & veil were worn, according to the rough sketch. — Saw my precious Albert alone, for the last time as my Bridegroom, & he fetched in Uncle & Ernest for a moment. — At ½ p. 12 I set off, dearest Albert having gone before, & Mama & the Dss of Sutherland went with me in the carriage. I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire branch. I never saw such crowds as there were in the Park, & they cheered most enthusiastically.

When I arrived at St. James’s Palace, I went into the Dressingroom arranged for me, where my 12 young Train Bearers were waiting, dressed all in white with wreaths of white roses in their hair which had a very pretty effect. I waited a little while till Albert’s Procession had moved into the Chapel. I then went with my Train Bearers & Ladies into the Throne Room, where my Procession was formed, Ld Melbourne, in his fine new Dress Coat, bearing the Sword of State, with Ld Uxbridge & Ld Belfast, on either side of him, walking immediately before me. Queen Anne’s Room was full of people, ranged on seats one above the other, as also the Guard Room, & all along the staircase, — all very friendly. The Procession looked beautiful going downstairs, & along part of the Colour Court, which was all covered in, & full of people, who were most cordial. The Flourish of Trumpets ceased, as I entered the Chapel, when the organ began to play.

At the altar, on my right, stood my beloved Albert, Mama being on my left, as also Uncles Sussex & Cambridge & Aunt Augusta; on Albert’s right stood the Queen Dowr then, Uncle Ernest, Ernest, Aunt Cambridge, with little Mary, George & Augusta’s Pss Sophia Matilda. Ld Melbourne with the Sword of State, stood close to me. The Ceremony was very impressive & fine, yet simple, & I think ought to make an imperishable impression, on every one who promises at the altar to keep the vows he or she have have made. Albert repeated everything very distinctly. I felt so happy when he placed the ring on my finger. As soon as the Service was over, the Procession retuned as it came, with the exception, that dearest Albert led me out! The applause was very great, coming through the Colour Court. Ld Melbourne, good man, was quite affected during the Ceremony & at the applause.

We all, went back into the Throne Room where the signing of the Register took place. We then went into the Closet, the Royal Family waiting with us there, whilst the Ladies got into their carriages. I gave all the Train Bearers, as a souvenir, a small eagle brooch in turquoises. Returned alone, with dear Albert, to Buckingham Palace. The crowd was immense & & cheered us warmly & heartily. In the Hall, which was full of people, they cheered us again & again. The Green Drawingroom & Throne Room were filled with persons of rank, even numbers of Children being there. I went with dear Albert into my Dressing Room & we sat down on the sofa there & talked together till it was time to go down to the Wedding Breakfast. All the Company was assembled when we went into the Drawingroom, Albert leading me in, my train being carried by 3 Pages, Cowell, little Wemyss & dear little Byng.

I sat between Uncle Sussex & dearest Albert. He & I, drank a glass of wine with Ld Melbourne, who seemed much affected by everything. After the Breakfast, I talked to all. Little Mary behaved so well, both in the Chapel & during the Breakfast. I then went upstairs & undressed, putting on a white silk gown, trimmed with swan’s down & a bonnet with orange flowers. Albert had also gone downstairs to change his clothes. — At ¼ to 4 Ld Melbourne came to me & I shook hands with him & he kissed my hand. Talked of how well everything had gone off. “Nothing could have been better”, he said, & of the people being in such good humour; — of my receiving the Addresses from the Houses of Lords & Commons; — of his coming down to Windsor in time for dinner. Dearest Albert came & fetched me downstairs, where we took leave of Mama & drove off at about 4, — I, & Albert alone, which was so delightful.

There were immense crowds outside the Palace, which I must add, never ceased, until we reached Windsor Castle. Our reception was most enthusiastic, hearty, & gratifying in every way; we were quite deaf from the noise of the cheering. People on horseback & in gigs, driving along with us. We came through Eton where all the Boys received us most kindly, shouting & cheering. Really, I was quite touched. We only arrived at 7, followed by the Ladies & Gentlemen of the Household, & went at once to our rooms. My large Dressingroom is now our sitting room. The 3 little blue rooms are Albert’s, the next little one his Dressingroom, then comes our Bedroom & my Dressingroom. A little way off are Lehzen’s 2 rooms.

After looking over our rooms & seeing that all was right, I changed my dress, & came back to Albert’s small sitting-room, where he was sitting, wearing his Windsor Uniform coat, I had such a sick headache, that I could eat nothing at dinner, & had to remain on the sofa the rest of the evening. Dearest Albert remained sitting near me & his excessive kindness & affection gave me such a feeling of deep happiness & contentment. How can I ever be thankful enough, to have such a Husband! May God help me to do my duty as I ought & to be worthy of such blessings!

Featured Image - pen and ink sketch by Queen Victoria from her original diary entry

Sources - Queen Victoria’s Journals website

Khal Drogo (aka Jason Momoa) recently dived into our Windsor store and couldn’t leave without a beautiful Epiphone Joe Bonamassa “Treasure” Firebird-I. Jason is currently in town filming #Aquaman!

Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Andrew Lincoln and Robert Kirkman with Chris Hardwick

hardwick: I’m very excited to announce my new boy band, The Proper Boyz. We bust straight up grooves about manners and elocution yo. There’s me (the Loud One), Andy (the Brit), Normo (the Bad Boy), Robbie (the Cuddler) and JD (The Brainy One–he loves books!). We’ll be on the road all next year on our “Double Windsor” tour with the hit singles, “Diphthong Bikini” and “Allow Me To Get That Chair For You, Gurl”.#ProperBoyz

Hello there! For those of you who don’t know, Emma Watson started a Feminist book club over at Goodreads called Our Shared Shelf.

First book is My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem

Here’s her full message:

Dear Readers,

As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.

The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). I will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but I would love for this to grow into an open discussion with and between you all. Whenever possible I hope to have the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, join the conversation.

If you fancy it, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!

Emma x

Now if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that out favourite publicist, Luke Windsor is the other moderator :D

You can join us by clicking here! Let’s have fun and read some books!


Camilla’s 2005  

It is with great pleasure that the marriage of HRH the Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles is announced.
It will take place on Friday 8th April, 2005, at Windsor Castle.
The Prince of Wales has said: “Mrs Parker Bowles and I are absolutely delighted. It will be a very special day for us and our families.”

10.02.2005, Windsor Castle

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department put a halt to the 15-day water shut off that left thousands of families without water! SUCCESS! But the fight isn’t over. 

Our friends from Windsor stand with us in declaring water a human right. They are bringing water across the border to support Detroiters, who have had their water shut off.

Meet at the Spirit of Detroit statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Center at Woodward and Jefferson at 4pm. 

Rally with Detroit People’s Water Board & the Council of Canadians. Speakers include international water activist, Maude Barlow, and the director of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Maureen Taylor.

After the convoy arrives at the Spirit of Detroit, join the caravan as water is delivered to the People’s Water Station at St. Peter’s Church.

Click here for more details.