Nicolette Vauquelin Posted January 20 Share Posted January 20 The Upper Ward is a spacious quadrangle, formed on the west side by the Keep or Round Tower; on the north by the Royal Apartments, St. George's Hall, and the Chapel Royal; and on the East and South sides by the apartments of the King and Queen, and the Great Officers of State. Nearly in the centre of this square, is an equestrian statue in bronze of King Charles II in a Roman habit, and placed on a marble pedestal, on the south side of which are represented, in basso relievo, a variety of figures expressive of navigation. On the west side is the royal cypher, surrounded with the garter, and crowned with other ornaments. 'Neath the statue of King Charles II a great pile of wood had been heaped through the day, not only wood but things discarded. Passers by might spot items such as; a wagon wheel, a broken form, an old sail, a tea chest, a coat sand missing one leg, and various cardboard boxes holding unknowns. In fact the pile grew far faster than the initiator of it had imagined. (It seemed that numerous other persons working around Windsor were taking advantage of the chance to clean up.) As the pile grew in girth and height, Nicolette excitement grew along with it. Messages were sent to all of her friends; Buckingham and Francis, Caroline, Anne Elizabeth, Sophia. Lord Ranelagh and Denbigh. Cart blanche attendance requested all of the Merry gang-sters. James and Beverley. And of course Louis. All those that received her personal invitations were encouraged to being along their own offerings to the flames that night. Old Rowley also was sure to arrive at some point. (While anyone who did not receive a personal invite, might later be lured by the flames and welcomed moths to candlelight.) Through the day the pile grew, dill dusk slipped over Windsor inviting persons indoors to the comforts of suppers in private rooms and cosy comforts. Meanwhile outdoors, Nicci arranged groups of servants to bring out various chairs, cushions and blankets, along with tables that were laid with punch bowls and jugs of mulled wine. There was the usual scattering of torches around the area at that point… but of yet the fire was not yet lit. Nicci was waiting for a cue that she would recognise when she saw it… but meanwhile she was definitely first to arrive. She was dressed in a gossamer gown of silver, with her hair tied up and decorated with stars that might later catch the light of the flames. Around her petite waist, attatched to a rough length of rope, hung a pair of wooden clogs. Moving to the table she thought to sample the punch. * Windsor guards were naturally stationed with watchful eyes, and buckets of water were also conveniently about. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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