Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
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Windsor Castle Upper Ward Quadrangle.
Windsor Castle
Artist Attributed to Diliff
Year 2006
Location Windsor, England


Windsor Castle is a royal residence located in Windsor, England. The castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Since Henry I, the castle has been used by the reigning monarchs making it the longest occupied palace in Europe. It was originally designed to protect against Norman attacks. It is still to this day used as a venue for hosting state visits. Windsor Castle is the weekend home of Elizabeth II.




Residents who made major modifications

  • Edward III
  • The Tudors
  • Charles II
  • George III
  • George IV
  • Queen Victoria

State Apartments

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Queen Mary's Dolls' House
Queen Mary's doll house at Windsor Castle.jpg
Credit: Rob Sangster [1]

Queen Mary's Dolls' House is the largest and most famous dolls' house in the world. It was built for Queen Mary by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, starting in 1921 and finishing in 1924. It includes contributions from over one thousand five hundred of the finest artists, craftsmen, and manufacturers of the early 1900s. The dolls' house is exquisitely detailed; It includes a garden, wine cellar, garage, dining room, kitchen, entrance hall, library, strong room, saloon, a bedroom and sitting room for the Queen, a bedroom and bathroom for the King, two nurseries, a linen room, and several staircases. The house has electricity, running hot and cold water, and working lifts. Every room is fully furnished, including miniature printed books, tiny hand-painted portraits, and real silver dinnerware[2].

St. George's Chapel

St. George's Chapel
Photograph Credit: Emily Wilson

The College of St. George was founded in 1348 by Edward III as a symbol of devotion to the church. The chapel was originally the Chapel of St. Edward the Confessor however in the 13th century it was rededicated to St. George who is England's patron saint. It was built in the Gothic style of architecture which has lines that draw your eyes upwards towards the heavens. [3]


  1. By Rob Sangster [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  2. Lambton, L. (2009). The Queen's Dolls' House. Royal Collection.
  3. A short History of St George's. (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2017, from

External Links

Windsor Castle - Royal Collection Trust

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