The spectacular structure, which has 120 rooms, is only 11 miles from the Queen's residence in Windsor Castle and lies on 21 hectares of grounds. So we're confident the newlyweds will have plenty of space while Buckingham Palace is being renovated! The opulent structure was designated as the monarch's official primary residence in 1837. Before that time, it had been used primarily as a home for King George III and his family.
Windsor Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1079. Over the years, it has been expanded and improved upon, especially after 1714 when it was given its present look with parts designed by Robert Adam and George Frederick Stevens. The castle today is one of the most important royal residences in the world and plays an important role in the monarchy's schedule. The castle has been the site of many state visits including those of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Buckingham Palace was built between 1731 and 1750 for £1.5 million ($2.25 million) by King George II. It replaced St. James's Palace as the British monarch's main residence. The palace was intended to resemble the magnificent city halls of Europe and was decorated with furniture hand-picked by Lord Burlington, one of Britain's first architects. In 1837, after several fires, changes were made to give the building its current appearance.
Both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are open to the public but you need to make an appointment in advance for tours.
For almost 1,000 years, British monarchs and queens have resided at Windsor Castle. It is Queen Elizabeth II's official home, and Her Majesty's standard is flown from the Round Tower when she is in residence.
Windsor Castle has been the monarch's home since 1066. Before that time, it was a wooden castle built by the Saxons; they called it "Windsor" because a wind often came down from the north to shake the trees near the castle. During the 11th century, the castle was rebuilt in stone, beginning with an earthwork mound on which it was built. The present castle was completed in 1220 by King John. In 1547, after the death of Henry VIII, the castle became the home of Princess Mary (daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon) and her husband, Emperor Charles V. After Mary's death, the castle went back to being the home of the English monarchy.
The oldest part of the present castle is the Norman west front, which dates from 1180. Inside the castle there are several other interesting features: the Great Hall has a vaulted ceiling made out of wood; the State Dining Room has a beautiful plaster ceiling decorated with images of fruit and flowers painted by J.M. Wright; and the Throne Room is famous for its huge fireplace constructed of Welsh slate and marble.
Windsor Castle is located in Berkshire, England. Buckingham Palace is the British Royal Family's official residence and administrative headquarters. The palace was originally a mansion built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham. After his death, the house became known as Buckingham Palace after its most famous owner.
Both buildings are royal residences that have played important roles in the history of Britain. Today they serve as landmarks and museums for the public to visit.
Berkshire is a county in South-East England. It borders Kent to the east, Oxfordshire to the south, Wiltshire to the west, and Hampshire to the north. The county town is Reading; other large towns include Slough, Wokingham, Maidenhead, and Bracknell.
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Location: Castle Hill, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1BD, UK
Windsor Castle is an impressive fortress dating back to 1066. The present structure was built by William IV between 1851 and 1856. It is one of the largest castles in Europe. The castle serves as a museum today; it has been used for various royal functions over the years including as the place where George VI married Queen Elizabeth.
Windsor Castle is a royal home in England that consists of two building complexes, or courts, divided by a round tower. Chapels and royal residences can be found throughout the courts. Windsor Castle is a renowned tourist site as well as a favorite setting for royal weddings, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018. The castle grounds include a large park with trees, gardens, and fields.
The first settlement near what would become Windsor Castle was called Vindolanda. It was a Roman outpost near the border with Scotland where archaeologists have discovered letters from the first Christian emperor, Constantine, to his mother Helen.
In around AD 940, the Saxon chief Edward the Elder built himself a palace here; this became known as Windsor Castle after him. In 1066, William the Conqueror made Windsor his headquarters while he fought against Harald Hardråde of Norway in what is now southern England. When William died in 1087, his son Robert inherited Windsor. He rebuilt parts of the Saxon palace and added buildings of his own design, creating one of the most impressive castles ever built. In 1547, Henry VIII decided to build another castle on the other side of the Thames River from Windsor Castle and he ordered the demolition of much of Robert's work. The ruins of this second castle today make up much of what is know as White Castle in London.
After the death of Henry VIII, his daughter Mary I married Philip II of Spain.