Windsor Castle – Facts I Have Found

Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle

The picture above is of the annual ceremony at Windsor Castle known as ” The Order Of The Garter Service”.

 

The first item in my fact finding with regard to Windsor Castle is that it is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.

Over a period of nearly 1,000 years it has been inhabited continuously, and altered and refurbished by successive monarchs.

Some were great builders, strengthening Windsor Castle against uprising and rebellion; others, living in more peaceful times, created a palatial Royal residence.

William the Conqueror chose the site, high above the river Thames and on the edge of a Saxon hunting ground. It was a day’s march from the Tower of London and  was intended to guard the western approaches to the capital city of London.

The outer walls of today’s structure are in the same position as those of the original castle built by William the Conqueror in the tenth century.

So too is the central mound supporting the Round Tower and the Upper Ward, where successive monarchs have had their private apartments since the fourteenth century.

My best to you,

Eleanor

p.s. Did you know that you can write a letter to the queen?  I think on my ninetieth birthday I might just do that.

What do you think?  Please comment & let me know.

Eleanor

 

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