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Windsor Castle

Description

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has been remodelled by successive kings and queens, including Henry II, Charles II and George IV. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions.

Windsor Castle offers an extraordinarily rich and varied day out, all on one site. A visit to the Castle includes the magnificent State Apartments. Which are furnished with some of the finest works from the Royal Collection. Among the masterpieces are paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck, fine English and French furniture, and the tiny treasures of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, the Semi-State rooms are added to the visitor route.

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

From 26 October 2018 to 6 January 2019, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will form part of the ticket entry to Windsor Castle. This special exhibition will feature the wedding outfits worn by the couple at their wedding in May 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.  The Duchess chose Ms Waight Keller for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, and for the impeccable tailoring of her creations. The Duchess and Ms Waight Keller worked closely together on the design.

The Duke of Sussex's wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the 'Blues and Royals'), made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.  As the uniform specially commissioned for the occasion is required for use by His Royal Highness, an identical uniform made for The Duke by Dege & Skinner a few years earlier will be displayed.

Your admission also includes St George’s chapel. Set within the Castle Precincts, this is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings here in England. Ten monarchs are buried here, including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Special Exhibition

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex 26 October 2018 – 6 January 2019

The State Apartments will be closed on:

19 April 2019

On these dates, The Precincts and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House will continue to be open, unless otherwise stated below. Reduced admission charges will apply. It is not possible to see the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the State Apartments are closed

Windsor Castle will be closed on the following dates:

25th & 26th December 2018 and 7 - 18 January 2019

Semi-State Rooms closed

14 December 2018 & 7 - 18 January 2019

It is not possible to see the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the Semi-State Rooms are closed.

During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route. These rooms will re-open to the public from 26 October 2018 – March 2019 and standard admission charges apply. Please note that when the State Apartments are closed, the Semi-State Rooms will not be open.

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Please note that due to work being undertaken, as part of Future Programme, Queen Mary's Dolls' House at Windsor Castle will be closed to visitors from Friday, 6 July, until further notice.

Image credits:

Photographer: Peter Packer. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Photographer: Mark Fiennes. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Photographer: Peter Packer. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

The Royal Collection 2018, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II