During a recent visit there were several troups of Morrismen dancing around the tonw centre and station. I was surprised to see many female dancers.
Morris Dancing: A lively, traditional English folk dance performed by groups in traditional dress. There are many local variations in both performance and dress: some handkerchiefs and bells others use sticks. These dances are referred to in the 14th century, and are thought to date back to the pre-christian pagan rituals.
This is a 5 day census that takes place annually - the intention is to confirm the number of swans on the River Thames. During this process, the Cygnets are weighed and examined for signs of injury.
The tradition of swan-upping dates back to the 12th century. The Royal Family retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, HM the Queen only exercises her ownership rights on particular stretches of the Thames and it's tributaries. The ownership is shared with the Vintners' and Dyers' Livery Companies; they were granted these rights in the 15th century.
You should note that the Queen does infact have an employee (servant) with the jolly title of Swan Marker!
Even though I am not English myself, I do have close English family and a very strong English bloodline.
I dont know if it's because of this, that I do love all things royal!
Well, perhaps not ALL things - they do make silly bananas of themselves sometimes... but I do love this town, and always smile when I hear the coleagues I work with say 'the flag is up, the queen is home'.
I can actually see the castle from where my department is, and I always look to see if the flag is up. I then... on the way home... walk right past it.
People complain they use up so much money - and dont actually bring in a wage.. but I think they do... just by them being here.
Thousands upon thousands of people visit England (and Windsor!) every year, to visit the castle and the town.
They are integral to this town and to the nation as a whole I feel.
The shield combines the arms of the two merged boroughs. On the dexter (right) side are charges from the arms of New Windsor. White and green are the livery colours of the Tudor dynasty. The stag's head is for Windsor Great Forest. Between the stag's antlers are the Royal arms as used between 1405 and 1603. The sinister (left) side uses charges from the arms of Maidenhead. It shows the town's bridge over the River Thames. The two sides of the shield are dovetailed together to show the two boroughs united.
The crest represents Windsor Castle, with the royal lion's face above it, and the forests and parklands that surround it suggested by the oak branches.
The dexter supporter is a horse, suggesting the race course at Ascot. A horse was also one of the supporters of Berkshire County Council's arms. The sinister supporter is a swan for the River Thames and the parts of Buckinghamshire brought into the borough. Ancient crowns and acorns have been added to difference the supporters.