Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is prominent for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture.
The primordial castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. It has since been the home of 39 monarchs. From the time of Henry I, it has been used by the reigning monarch and it is the longest-occupied palace in the world. Windsor Castle occupies 13 acres and combines the features of a fortification, a palace, and a small town.
Touring the castle
The grandiose castle is open to visitors all year round. There’s a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle that it will take you approximately 3 hours to see it all. The tour at the castle is introduced by The Prince of Wales, Chairman of Royal Collection Trust. The tour takes you through the Castle Precincts, the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. The commentary provides a lively guide to the Castle’s history, from William the Conqueror, through medieval expansion, George IV’s gothic transformation and the queen’s use of the Castle today.
Since the Castle is at the top of a steep hill and the visitor route covers long distances comfortable shoes are recommended.
To make the most of your time at Windsor, there is a free multimedia tours in the Courtyard at the start of the visit available in: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.
St. George’s Chapel
St George’s Chapel is the place of worship at Windsor Castle. It seats approximately 800 people. The castle chapel was established in the 14th century by King Edward III and began extensive expansion in the late 15th century. It has been the venue for many royal ceremonies, weddings and burials. The Chapel is located in the Lower Ward. The St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays but worshippers are allowed to attend services.
This is also the place the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place on 19 May, 2018. (The groom, Prince Harry, is a member of the British royal family; the bride, Ms. Rachel Meghan Markle, is an American actress).
Some attractions in the Castle
These are the private apartments created for George IV. They feature interiors decorated by Morel & Seddon, with a selection of furnishings and fittings taken from Carlton House, George IV’s former London residence. The rooms are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and are used by The Queen for official entertaining.
Grand Reception Room
At one point the Grand Reception Room with its chandeliers and gilding was used as the main ballroom in the Castle. Perhaps the most striking piece on display is the large malachite urn, presented to Queen Victoria by Tsar Nicholas I in 1839, and one of the largest examples outside Russia.
Other Interesting Facts;
- Queen Victoria spent most of her time at Windsor.
Reigned from June 20th, 1837 till her death
- In 1992, fire destroyed many rooms at the Castle. The award-winning restoration took 5 years to complete.
- The queen uses the castle for state functions and official events. Her Majesty also spends most of her private weekends here.
Queen Elizabeth II
- Visitors get to explore 1,000 years of history through the Castle’s buildings.
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