Royal Windsor is linked to Eton on the opposite bank of the River Thames by Windsor Bridge. Originally a road bridge, it is now for pedestrians and cyclists only, and provides an excellent walking route from Windsor to Eton's High Street and then to Eton College .
Eton College was founded in 1440 and is the most famous Public School in the world.
The Georgian shops in Eton High Street are most charming and are mainly dedicated to supplying Eton College students with their tailor-made uniform, books and accessories. The students are easily recognisable in their formal morning dress – tailcoat, waistcoat and winged collared shirts.
During term time students are seen throughout the town when walking between college buildings.
Thames River Banks
The Thames River banks on the Eton side of the river are an excellent spot to rest and have a picnic. There is plenty of river traffic to watch and swans and ducks to feed. You might even be lucky enough to see the Eton College foxhounds being exercised by cycle-riding students.
The many swans on the river here all belong to Her Majesty ‘The Queen’ who takes responsibility for their welfare. Each summer there is a process known as Swan Upping when their identity and health is checked, and new cygnets are tagged.
Swan Upping takes place the third week in July each year. It extends over 5 days at various locations along the river Thames. It is a quaint and colourful activity with a serious reason. The participants wear special uniforms and travel in little light skiffs. For locations, times and dates of Swan Upping go to Web: The British Monarchy - Swan Upping
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