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Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle

After Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle is the building most associated with the Queen and her family. George V even borrowed its name during the first world war when he was looking for a less German-sounding surname to replace Saxe-Coburg-Gotha that would engender loyalty and patriotism. However, when nearly one-fifth of the Castle was destroyed by fire in 1992 – during the Queen's self-anointed 'annus horribilis' – and the public balked at paying for the repairs, Windsor Castle became a symbol of the changing face and role of monarchy in modern Britain.

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Begun by William the Conqueror in 1080, it has been a royal residence since 1110 but much of the castle seen by visitors today dates from the early 19th century. It is home to the Royal Archives and also contains paintings from the Royal Collection by Rubens, Gainsborough, Van Dyck, Holbein and Rembrandt. The Queen is in residence during March and April, and in June for Royal Ascot and the Order of the Garter service.

St George's Chapel, completed by Henry VIII in 1528, is the last resting place of ten monarchs (Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who died at Windsor, have their own mausoleum at Frogmore). Latterly, it has been the venue for the funerals of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, the wedding of Prince Edward, and the blessing following Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles' registry office wedding – another event that symbolised a monarchy in transition.


Your comments

The fact that it is the oldest, and largest castle still in use, in the world.

K Blackman

It is the castle to which all others are compared (and fall short). The grounds and castle are impeccibly maintained and contain more history than I ever imagined.
Sue Fahey

An iconic historical landmark in a beautiful setting overlooking the Thames. The site dates back to William the Conqueror and earlier. One of the most visited places in the country, it is aready associated by many people with the essence of Englishness: history, tradition, architecture, royalty
Mark Vandersluis

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