Kings, Queens & Castles
of the things that people find fascinating
about Britain is that we have a monarchy.
you go you see evidence
of Royalty: in the names of pubs, streets, concert halls and railway
see their monograms on post boxes, their portraits on stamps and their coats of arms
on their favourite shops.
you want to catch a glimpse
of the Royal Family while you're here, there are a number of state occasions
when you can do so: like the Ceremony of Trooping the Colour
... There are literally
hundreds of castles in England, Scotland and Wales, evidence of an unsettled
and often bloody
castles are still intact and are much as they would have been
five or six hundred years ago.
battle-scarred and siege-wrecked
survive only as romantic ruins.
At one time
the Scots has their own monarchs who in the Middle Ages
from Edinburgh Castle.
on a great volcanic rock still towers
over the city.
1745 Charles Edward Stuart, a descendant
of King Charles I rallied
the Scottish clans
around him in a bid
to claim the British throne.
is always linked
with the Isle of Skye, where the young pretender
across the water by a woman called Flora Mac Donald.
by a monument in Glenfinnan.