Explore the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle

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All year round, Windsor Castle is the perfect opportunity to get the kids out of the house, but this summer, there is something extra special.

From May 17th to January 25th 2015, the vast Royal Archives will be on display to members of the public, offering a wealth of amazing material for those interested to learn more about the British monarchy. The documents, which have been kept in the Round Tower of the castle since 1914, offer an insight into the history of the monarchy, while there are intimate correspondences between members of the royal family. These include diary entries, account books, and a letter that was written by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria when they were engaged, the latter of which was actually written in German.

While the Royal Archives began during the reign of George III, there are still some pieces that date back much earlier, such as papers from the exiled Stuarts. Documents from today's royal household keep being added to the archives even today, making this simply a must-see.

To mark the centenary anniversary of these documents being archived in the castle, they are now being displayed to the public for the very first time, enabling tourists to really get an insight into what it means to be part of the royal family. Tickets start from £18.50.

While in London, be sure to also incorporate the big attractions in your itinerary, such as Westminster Abbey, the London Dungeons and the London Eye. If you are looking for a place to stay this summer, consider the nearby Shaftesbury hotels.

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