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 and has been the family home of british kings and queens
for almost 1,000 years. the castle 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.