Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and St Michael’s Abbey Farnborough
Wednesday, 24th May 2017
We started with a morning visit to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst which is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers under their command. There was a guided tour of the Academy which will include coffee.
After a stop for lunch the visit continued to St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough.
Following the fall of the Second French Empire in 1870 Napoleon III, his wife Empress Eugenie and their son, the Prince Imperial, were exiled from France and took up residence in England. Following the death of first her husband and later her son the distraught Empress decided to found an abbey as a mausoleum for her family. All three now rest in granite sarcophagi, provided by Queen Victoria, in the Abbey church.
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