Lord Phillips, Windsor Castle, and last days in London

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15)

Big Ben

Ashley in front of Big Ben

My last week in London was bittersweet.  Although, I enjoyed myself in London and I will miss it, I missed home a little bit more.  During the last week, the class attended the annual Order of the Garter and visited Parliament.  At Parliament I finally got a closer look at Big Ben.  It was very impressive.

Eye Contact with the Queen

Eye Contact with the Queen

The class and I had the opportunity to meet with the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lord Nicholas Phillips of Worth Matravers.  He invited the class to his home and we had finger foods and drinks.  When he invited the class to his home we all wore business casual attire because we didn’t know what to expect.  When we arrived to his home, his wife wore a beautiful sundress and he wore a Hawaiian shirt with khakis and they offered us food, beer and wine.

As you see, he doesn’t fit the stereotypical role of a Supreme Court Lord when he is outside of the courtroom. He is an intelligent, generous and humorous man who loves life.  We had an amazing time and at the conclusion of our visit he offered the class tickets to the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle.  We were eager to attend the event and counted down the days.

Part of Windsor Castle

Part of Windsor Castle

The day finally came and my classmates and I traveled to Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter.  When we arrived I was speechless as I walked on the castle grounds.  Windsor Castle is absolutely beautiful.  I didn’t realize how popular the Order of the Garter ceremony was until I observed people in their lawn chairs waiting for the procession of the event to begin.  I really got a sense of English pride at the ceremony.

Hogwarts

“Hogwarts”

About an hour after we arrived, the procession of the ceremony traveled from inside of Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel.  During the procession, we listened to the band and watched the horse drawn carriages.  We even saw the Queen of England!  The Queen and I made eye contact and I feel like we made a connection.  Either that or she was staring at the flash on my camera.

Ashley Waring is a WFU Law J.D. Candidate and will graduate in 2015. She participated in the summer London program.