The home of British Monarchs for nearly 1000 years.
What to see when visiting Windsor Castle.
St Georges Chapel.
The very Gothic, St Georges Chapel was instructed to be built in 1475 by Edward the 4th.
10 monarchs are laid to rest inside the chapel including the tomb of henry the 8th and his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour.
The chapel has been the favourite venue with the royals for weddings, meaning lots of Royal weddings have been held in the chapel including Prince Edward and Sophie of Wessex, Prince Harry to American, meghan markle and most recently Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
The State Apartments.
The state apartments are a collection of rooms at the centre of the castle.The rooms are home to a vast amount of art work, furniture and weapons from the royal collection. Ther are some stunning painted ceilings in most of the rooms and the refurbished St Georges Hall thats was damaged in the fire of 1997.
The state rooms include the Queens Drawing Room and the Waterloo Chamber.
Changing of the Guard
Generally at the guard changes at 11:0 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The troops march throught the streets of Windsor and into the castle.
The guards then change inside the castle walls.
To see the actual guard change you will need to be inside the castle and for this you will need to purchase a ticket. Windsor Castle Tickets available here.
Windsor Castle History
Windsor castle was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century.
Building of the castle started in 1070 taking and was completed around 1086.
Although William the Conqueror built the castle he never actually made it his home.
The castle was built with the intention of guarding the west of London and for defensive measures only.
Around 1170 Henry the 2nd had the timber walls were replaced with stroger stone walls.
Over the years 39 monarchs have made Windsor castle their home and all have added to or altered various parts of it. Henry the 1st was the first monarch to reside inWindsor castle.
The Fire at Windsor Castle
On the 20th of November, 1992, a devastating fire ravaged through parts of the castle, coincidentley this was the queen & the duke of edingburghs 45th wedding anniversary.
The cause of the fire was an electrical fault with a light, catching a curtain near the alter in Queen Victorias Private chapel.
The fire quickly spread to next door – St Georges Hall, which it destroyed.
After 15 hours the fire was eventually extinguised and over 200 firemen were involved.
The restoration of the damaged parts took 5 years to complete and was finished on the 20th of November 1997.
Windsor CAstle Monarchs
Monarchs to have resided are listed below in order of era.
Henry I, Henry II, Henry III & Edward III.
Henry V, Henry VII & Henry VIII.
Edward VI, Elizabeth I & James I.
Charles I & Charles II.
Queen Anne and George III.
King Edward VII & King George V.
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II.