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National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

June 2001 Educational Tour

Program for the National Society of Magna Charta Dames & Barons

Educational Tour June 11 - 20, 2001

Monday June 11th 2001

   Departure from the U.S.A.

Tuesday June 12th 2001

    Arrive at London Airport where you will be met by our Guide. Drive to the County of Dorset to BOURNEMOUTH to stay at Langtry Manor Hotel.  Built in 1877 for Lillie Langtry by Edward VII when Prince of Wales. This romantic manor is full of memorabilia of that heady era. Situated close to the sea and the town centre you will be able to enjoy all the pleasures of this fine Edwardian seaside town.

    Lunch at leisure.

    In the afternoon a leisurely drive to CORFE CASTLE, one of the most remarkable of the English castles, built on a high hillock. This was King John's second Royal Court and held the Crown treasures. Time to wander around the pretty village of Corfe, which nestles beneath the ruin of the Castle.

    Late afternoon return to the hotel for a welcome drinks party, followed by dinner in the hotel dining room.

Welcome drinks party and dinner o/n LANGTRY MANOR HOTEL

Wednesday June 13th 2001

    Today a private visit to SHERBORNE CASTLE, built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh. Sherborne Castle has been home to the Digby family since 1617. Within the grounds of the Castle is the beautiful 50-acre lake and gardens designed in 1753 by Capability Brown.

    Onto lunch at MINTERNE HOUSE the ancestral home of The Lord and Lady Digby. Lord Digby is the brother of the late Mrs. Pamela Harriman, the former US Ambassador to France.

    Minterne is a beautiful, part 16th century house, which has been in the Churchill and Digby family for over 300 years. It has an important collection of paintings, and of course the famous gardens, designed by Capability Brown. Lunch, hosted by Lord and Lady Digby, will be followed by an afternoon tour of the gardens.

    Dinner in the hotel.    

English breakfast, lunch and dinner o/n LANGTRY MANOR HOTEL

Thursday June 14th 2001

   Early breakfast this morning before you drive to SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, en route to LONDON.

    Salisbury Cathedral is one of Britain's most spectacular Cathedrals. You have the chance to view this magnificent historic site and see the Magna Charta, which is displayed in the Library. A representative from the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral will join the group to make a presentation about the Magna Charta.

    Lunch at The Rose and Crown a delightful English Pub beautifully situated in the depths of the countryside on the banks of the River Avon.

    After lunch continue the journey to London. On arrival you will go to Regents Park and Winfield House the residence of The Ambassador of the United States to the Court of St. James for a reception. Winfield House has the second largest garden in London after Buckingham Palace and was a gift by Barbara Hutton in memory of her Mother to the US Government.

    Check into a London Hotel for the next two nights. 

Continental breakfast, pub lunch and reception o/n LONDON HOTEL

Friday June 15th 2001

    This morning a private guided visit to the House of Lords. It is most impressive to see this seat of British Government and all the history connected with it. After the tour join a luxury riverboat for a lunch cruise through the heart of historical London including Shakespeare's Globe, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament and more up to the minute The London Eye, the fantastic big wheel perched on the edge of the River Thames.

    In the afternoon on to the British Library to see the display of two of the original copies of the Magna Charta.

    Early evening dinner at The Axis Restaurant at One Aldwych the vibrant hotel which was once a bank.

Continental breakfast, River Cruise and lunch and dinner o/n LONDON HOTEL

Saturday June 16th 2001

    This morning you will go the Green Park to view the parade down the Mall of the Trooping of the Colour. This spectacular ceremony, attended by many members of the Royal Family, shows the best of British pomp and ceremony and commemorates the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

    The parade was first performed on The Sovereign's birthday for King George III. Throughout Queen Victoria's long reign the Foot Guards performed this same ceremonial parade in honour of her birthday and the parade has continued to be held ever since on a day set aside as The Sovereign's Official Birthday.

    Lunch and afternoon at leisure.

    Dinner tonight in a London Private Members Club. 

Continental breakfast and dinner o/n LONDON HOTEL

Sunday June 17th 2001

    After breakfast check out from the hotel to go to Windsor. Check into the HART AND GARTER HOTEL, a charming hotel in the centre of this delightful, historic town.

    Today, a very different day awaits you! An opportunity to see the archetypal English sport - cricket. Jonathan Fry, the grandson of one of the most famous English cricketers, C. B. Fry, will give a short talk on the peculiarities of the game in a private room at The Hart and Garter Hotel, Windsor, before you arrive at St. George's School at Windsor Castle for the start of the day's activities at noon.

    Luncheon in the presence of a prominent Royal (hopefully this will be HRH Prince Philip - it depends upon the diary of the Royal Family).

    After lunch, watch the cricket game or otherwise wander around the town of Windsor.

    Evening at leisure.

Continental breakfast and lunch o/n THE HART AND GARTER HOTEL, WINDSOR

Monday June 18th 2001

Garter Day!

    Spend this morning at leisure, or take the opportunity to see the wonderful choice of shops in Windsor before the Garter Ceremony.

    The CEREMONY OF THE NOBLE ORDER OF THE GARTER in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal family.   Each year the Knights of the Garter gather at St. George's Chapel to witness the installation ceremony of new Knights of the Garter by H M the Queen. This is one of the most spectacular events in the English calendar!

    We are honoured to be invited by the Honorary Secretary of the Friends of St. George's Chapel, Mr. O'Donovan and his wife, to join them for lunch in the Vicars Hall of Windsor Castle. 

    After lunch walk to your reserved seats for the PROCESSION AND CEREMONY OF THE NOBLE ORDER OF THE GARTER in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal family.

     Afternoon tea, at the invitation of the Honorary Secretary of the Friends of St. George's Chapel, Mr. O'Donovan and his wife will be served in the spectacular Chapter Library of Windsor Castle.

   After the Garter Ceremony visit Runnymede to see the site of the sealing of the Magna Charta in 1215.

    Dinner at leisure.

Continental breakfast, lunch and tea o/n THE HART AND GARTER HOTEL, WINDSOR

Tuesday June 19th 2001

Today is Royal Ascot Day!

    We will be driven from the hotel by limousine the short distance to the Races, dressed of course in top hat and tails for the gentlemen and wonderful hats for the ladies.

    Start this wonderful day at the races by enjoying a champagne lunch with the other race goers tailgating in the famous Ascot car park.

    You will be able to experience the rich pageantry and excitement of the opening day of Royal Ascot Races where one can mingle with Royalty and see Her Majesty the Queen and her family walking around amongst the other guests. Those with letters of entrance will be able to go into the Royal Enclosure. [Note to apply for letters of entrance please contact the Society Office].

    Dinner at leisure.    

Continental breakfast and champagne lunch o/n THE HART AND GARTER HOTEL, WINDSOR

Wednesday June 20th 2001

    Departure Day Transfer to airport for your return flight home. Bon Voyage!

Please contact the Society at 215-836-5022 for further information The full itinerary plus the price and terms and conditions, prepared by Gate1 International Travel Service, will be sent to you by the Society. Once you have decided to participate, you will be referred to Gate1 for reservations and payment. This itinerary is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. The Tour Operator and Seller of Travel for this Tour is Gate1 International Travel Service.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Society to participate.

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