The long standing history of Windsor Castle

September 30, 2020 4:25 am

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Windsor Castle is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the wider London area. Many people will book into a Hotel Windsor way and plan a day to take in the sights of this incredible Castle.

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  • Over 40 different monarchs have lived in the Castle since it was first built. Henry I was the first monarch to occupy the castle and over the course of its history many changes have been made to its structure. Edward III was one of the monarchs to spend large sums of money on expansions and Henry VIII carried out further works that are estimated to have cost over £295 million in today’s money. This included converting the Lady Chapel over to an Italian Renaissance design.

 

  • Windsor Castle is where Prince Albert died in 1861. He died on 14th December in the Blue Room at the castle following stomach cramps and distress that he had suffered for well over a two year period.

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  • Following Albert’s death Queen Victoria kept Windsor castle in a state of mourning for many many years and this is one of the reasons that she was known as the ‘Widow of Windsor.’ She made Windsor Castle her main residence and refused to move back to Buckingham Palace. It is thought that she wanted to remain close to where her beloved husband had died.