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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: St George's Chapel, home of the Order of the Garter
The grounds contain St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. The chapel is the official home of the Order of the Garter. Every June an official gathering of the Order is held at Windsor Castle, and at that time any vacancies are filled with new members.
The monarch and royal members of the order attend an official luncheon at the Waterloo Chamber, after which they walk in procession to a service at the Chapel. More on the Order of the Garter. St George's Chapel was begun in 1475 by Edward IV, and finished 50 years later.
Within the chapel are the tombs of 10 monarchs, including Edward IV, Charles I, George V and Queen Mary, and George VI. Also buried here is Henry VIII, who lies beside his favourite wife, Jane Seymour. Behind St George's Chapel is the entrance to the Albert Memorial Chapel, built by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband and consort, Prince Albert. Albert himself is buried in the Frogmore Mausoleum in the grounds of Windsor Great Park.
When the queen is in residence the Royal Standard flies atop the Round Tower. At other times the Union Jack is flown.
Visible across the river from the castle is Eton, home to one of Britain's most historic - and exclusive - public schools.
- The State Apartments
- Queen Mary's Doll House
- Changeing the Guard (Lower Ward)
- St George's Chapel & the Albert Memorial Chapel
- Windsor Great Park & Long Walk
About Windsor Castle
Address: Windsor, Berkshire, England
Attraction Type: Castle
Website: Windsor Castle
OS: SU969 770
Photo Credit: R Sones, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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