12 days of Windsor Christmas

PUBLISHED: 09:17 17 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

12 days of Windsor Christmas

12 days of Windsor Christmas

We love this new greetings card designed by Windsor artist and entrepreneur Caroline Wagstaff

Windsor based greeting card company, Words of Art, have just published their first Christmas card entitled The Twelve Days of Royal Windsor Christmas.

The Twelve Days of Royal Windsor

Twelve Drummers Drumming

Eleven Pipers Piping

Ten Knights a Gartering

Nine Yeomen Guarding

Eight Maids a Milking

Seven Swans a Swimming

Six Wives of Henry

Five Sovereigns

Four Polo Ponies

Three Cute Corgis

Two Sentries Standing

& The Queen on the TV at 3

Words of Art founder and the cards artist Caroline Wagstaff said It has been great fun re-writing the traditional Christmas rhyme with Windsor in mind. Some lines remain unchanged as they lend themselves perfectly to Windsor but others took a bit of imagination. I particularly like The Queen on the TV at 3 instead of A Partridge in a Pear Tree .

Caroline painted over 60 images during the summer to make up the card which looks like the wall of a picture gallery with the TV in the bottom right corner.

The cards are available in packs of 5 at 4.95 through Waterstones, The Visitor Information in Central Station and the Windsor Farm Shop.

Inside the card Caroline has also printed some interesting facts about the pictures:

Twelve Drummers Drumming: The Windsor Castle Guards are accompanied by drummers when they walk through Windsor on their way to the Castle from Victoria Barracks.

Eleven Pipers Piping: The Scots Guards are one of the five regiments of Foot Guards of the British Army. They can be seen guarding Windsor Castle (and Buckingham Palace) and taking part in ceremonial parades around the UK when not on active service overseas.

Ten Knights a Gartering: The Order of the Garter consists of 24 of the Monarch's most trusted supporters who are known as Knights of the Garter. The order originated in 1348.

Nine Yeomen Guarding: The Queens Body Guard - otherwise known as the 'The Yeomen of the Guard'. Nowadays the Guards have a purely ceremonial role.

Eight Maids a Milking: The Queen keeps one of the largest herds of Jersey cattle at her farm in the grounds of Windsor Castle which supplies milk, butter and cream to the Castle.

Seven Swans a Swimming: The Queen owns about a third of the swans on the River Thames. Every July the swans on the river are counted in the Swan Upping Ceremony which dates back to medieval times.

Six Wives of Henry: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard & Catherine Parr. As the rhyme goes "Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived..."

Five Sovereigns: King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King Charles II, King George IV and Queen Victoria are Monarchs who have had important roles in the construction and cultural heritage of Windsor Castle.

Four Polo Ponies: Polo is played at Smiths Lawn in Windsor Great Park most weekends during the summer. Smiths Lawn is the largest area devoted to polo in Europe.

Three Cute Corgis: The Queen loves corgis and received her first corgi named Susan from her parents on her 18th birthday. The Queen can often be seen walking her dogs in the Castle grounds.

Two Sentries Standing: The Guards' duty is to protect the Monarch. When on duty the Guards stand by sentry boxes. In case of an emergency they are poised for action in a heartbeat!

The Queen on the TV at 3: Queen Elizabeth IIs first Christmas message was broadcast on the radio in 1952. Since 1957 the Queen's Christmas message has been watched by millions on the television in the UK at 3.00pm.

For more information,contact Caroline directly on 07747 032 002 or caroline@words-of-art.com.

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