Prince harry and megan markle are to marry at windsor castle in may 2018. To refresh your memory on this most splendid of royal residences we’ve collated some key pieces of trivia and fascinating vintage film from british pathé.
- Windsor castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Aand has been the family home of british kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. The castles was established by william the conqueror (r.1066-1087). Who began building at windsor around 1070. It took 16 years to complete. It is an official residence of her majesty the queen and is still very much a working royal palace today, home to around 150 people. The castle is used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Including state visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. Some of the greatest treasures in the royal collection can be seen in the castle’s magnificent state apartments.
- The royal archives, the royal photograph collection, the print room, and the royal library are all based here. Windsor castle is also home to st george’s chapel, the spiritual home of the order of the garter – the oldest order of chivalry in the world, founded by edward iii in 1348. Today, the order consists of the queen, the prince of wales and 24 knight companions.
- The queen spends most of her private weekends. At windsor castle and takes up official residence for a month in the spring for easter court. And for a week each june, when she attends royal ascot and the service of the order of the garter.