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Left Orpington at 9.30 for Windsor Castle. Caught 10.20 train. Had dinner at YMCA near Paddington Stn. Left London for Windsor by Paddington Stn. At 1.15 arr Windsor 2.15 pm.
Conducted to Castle, given admission ticket. Went thro’ St. Georges Chapel viewing most magnificent tracery, sculpture, etc. To tea at 3 pm in Crypt near Kings Apartments. On the walls are many cases of valuable relics. Arms, swords, pistols, etc. Princess Alice dau. of Duke Albany chats with me & pours tea. Princess Mary gives me entrance card to see King & Queen. March slowly past King & Queen in Royal Banqueting Hall where King George & Queen Mary stand midway in Hall. I salute & Queen Mary says “Princess Pats”! I reply Yes “Your Majesty”. We file into the reception rooms, the Garter room, Royal Writing Room called Rubens room from the paintings on the wall all (except one) by Rubens. To King Charles I dining room & other rooms where priceless treasures are kept. Rapiers, swords studded with diamonds, etc. To Royal Stables & News. Leave Windsor @ 5 pm & arr. Orpington 9 pm.
*Among the items of interest Draycott noted in his “Recollections” was a “great bear shot in British Columbia by the late King Edward VII when Prince of Wales.”