Windsor Castle Official Souvenir Guide

Royal Collection Publications

Royal Collection Publications

Distributed for Royal Collection Trust

80 pages | color illustrations throughout | 8 x 10 3/4 | © 2008
Paper $7.95 ISBN: 9781902163802 Published March 2010 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

Windsor Castle—‘the most romantic castle that is in the world’, according to the 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys—is the one of the oldest royal residences still in use. For over 900 years, from its memorable hill-top site above the Thames Valley, it has been a potent symbol of the monarchy.

 

Built by William the Conqueror within what was a royal hunting forest (now Windsor Great Park) after the Norman Conquest of 1066, Windsor Castle has been successively enlarged, adapted and rebuilt by monarchs from Henry II to Queen Elizabeth II. Their legacy can be seen throughout the Castle, from the late medieval St George’s Chapel to the Tudor houses of the Lower Ward, from Charles II’s baroque remodelling of the state apartments to the exquisite Gothic interiors of the semi-state rooms, rebuilt for George IV. The fire of 1992 gave the Castle a new legacy, including the superb new interior to the historic St George’s Hall, most recently the Jubilee Garden has been added, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

 

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family continue to spend most of their private weekends at Windsor Castle, and it remains an important venue for ceremonial visits from heads of state of other countries. It is also home to some of the greatest paintings and works of art in the Royal Collection, which are displayed throughout the Castle’s splendid interiors.

Contents

WINDSOR CASTLE

HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION

 

Norman fortress

Medieval expansion

Tudor Windsor

Windsor in the Civil War

Charles II and the ‘English Versailles’

George III: the return to Windsor

George IV: a palace within a castle

Victorian heyday

The House of Windsor

The fire of 1992

 

TOUR OF THE CASTLE

 

Castle Hill

Middle Ward

North Terrace

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

Drawings Gallery

China Museum

Grand Staircase

Grand Vestibule

Lobby to the Grand Vestibule

Waterloo Chamber

 

THE STATE APARTMENTS

 

Ante-Throne Room

King’s Drawing Room

King’s Bedchamber

King’s Dressing Room

King’s Closet

Queen’s Drawing Room

King’s Dining Room

Queen’s Ballroom

Queen’s Audience Chamber

Queen’s Presence Chamber

Queen’s Guard Chamber

St. George’s Hall

Lantern Lobby

 

THE SEMI-STATE APARTMENTS

 

Green Drawing Room

Crimson Drawing Room

State Dinning Room

Octagon Dinning Room

China Corridor

Grand Reception Room

Garter Throne Room

 

Quadrangle

St. George’s Chapel

Albert Memorial Chapel

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