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Over the top opulence at Windsor Castle

The town of Windsor has developed around the castle; The castle has 300 fireplaces which are tended by a full-time fendersmith, whose family has been doing the job for generations

The town of Windsor has developed around the castle; The castle has 300 fireplaces which are tended by a full-time fendersmith, whose family has been doing the job for generations

St George's Chapel is a place of worship for the Queen and the Royal Family as well as a church serving the local community; the Chapel has been the scene of many Royal marriages, in particular from the reign of Queen Victoria onwards

St George's Chapel is a place of worship for the Queen and the Royal Family as well as a church serving the local community; the Chapel has been the scene of many Royal marriages, in particular from the reign of Queen Victoria onwards

The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror; since the time of Henry I, it has been used by the reigning monarch and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe

The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror; since the time of Henry I, it has been used by the reigning monarch and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe

Windsor state banquets have been held for up to 160 guests; the Grand Reception Room is the most prominent of the Rococo designed rooms, 100 ft long and 40 ft tall and occupying the site of Edward III's great hall

Windsor state banquets have been held for up to 160 guests; the Grand Reception Room is the most prominent of the Rococo designed rooms, 100 ft long and 40 ft tall and occupying the site of Edward III's great hall

In recent years, Windsor Castle has hosted visits from President Mbeki of South Africa, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Presidents Obama and Trump

In recent years, Windsor Castle has hosted visits from President Mbeki of South Africa, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Presidents Obama and Trump

Sevres dinner service from the 1770s; photographs are not allowed in the castle so I've taken photos from google images

Sevres dinner service from the 1770s; photographs are not allowed in the castle so I've taken photos from google images

On November 20, 1992, a major fire occurred at Windsor Castle, lasting for 15 hours and causing widespread damage to the Upper Ward; restoration has been completed for $80 million

On November 20, 1992, a major fire occurred at Windsor Castle, lasting for 15 hours and causing widespread damage to the Upper Ward; restoration has been completed for $80 million

Queen's drawing room; the pattern established in English palaces over hundreds of years has a series of rooms getting smaller as they get closer to the most private spaces

Queen's drawing room; the pattern established in English palaces over hundreds of years has a series of rooms getting smaller as they get closer to the most private spaces

The Royal Collection of the British Royal family is the largest private art collection in the world with one million  pieces; the collection is spread among 13 occupied and historic royal residences in the United Kingdom

The Royal Collection of the British Royal family is the largest private art collection in the world with one million+ pieces; the collection is spread among 13 occupied and historic royal residences in the United Kingdom

There are 500  works by Shakespeare in the Royal Library, including the first three folios, miniature books in Queen Marys Dolls House, and versions of Shakespeares works in numerous languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Georgian and Hebrew

There are 500+ works by Shakespeare in the Royal Library, including the first three folios, miniature books in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, and versions of Shakespeare’s works in numerous languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Georgian and Hebrew

Windsor Castle was used as a refuge by the royal family during the Luftwaffe bombing campaigns of the Second World War

Windsor Castle was used as a refuge by the royal family during the Luftwaffe bombing campaigns of the Second World War

Henry II built the Round Tower in 1179; over the years Windsor Castle has been transformed into a luxurious 1,000-room palace covering a massive 13 acres

Henry II built the Round Tower in 1179; over the years Windsor Castle has been transformed into a luxurious 1,000-room palace covering a massive 13 acres

Harry and Meghan (shown in Legos) live in Frogmore Cottage on the private Windsor estate, which is also home to many royal and Crown Estate staff

Harry and Meghan (shown in Legos) live in Frogmore Cottage on the private Windsor estate, which is also home to many royal and Crown Estate staff

Charles II wished to rival his cousin Louis XIV's dazzling palace at Versailles and modernized the interiors with painted ceilings from Antonio Verrio and carvings by Grinling Gibbons

Charles II wished to rival his cousin Louis XIV's dazzling palace at Versailles and modernized the interiors with painted ceilings from Antonio Verrio and carvings by Grinling Gibbons

The Great Kitchen is the oldest working kitchen in England and has served 32 monarchs; each pat of the Queen’s butter is individually hand rolled and stamped with a royal crown

The Great Kitchen is the oldest working kitchen in England and has served 32 monarchs; each pat of the Queen’s butter is individually hand rolled and stamped with a royal crown

Windsor Castle has 1000  rooms!; George V, inspired by Windsor Castle, changed the last name of the Royal Family to Windsor in 1917

Windsor Castle has 1000+ rooms!; George V, inspired by Windsor Castle, changed the last name of the Royal Family to Windsor in 1917

St George's Hall at Windsor Castle is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose to pose for their first family portrait with their newborn son Archie

St George's Hall at Windsor Castle is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose to pose for their first family portrait with their newborn son Archie

The 15th-century St George's Chapel, considered to be one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic design, was the site of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The 15th-century St George's Chapel, considered to be one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic design, was the site of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

St. George Chapel cloister; the Windsor Castle estate has 450  clocks; when British Summer Time begins, it takes the Queens clock maker 16 hours to move every clock forward by one hour

St. George Chapel cloister; the Windsor Castle estate has 450+ clocks; when British Summer Time begins, it takes the Queen’s clock maker 16 hours to move every clock forward by one hour

The castle’s floor area is approximately 484,000 square feet making it the largest house in the world; the interior of the state apartments was mostly designed in the early 19th century

The castle’s floor area is approximately 484,000 square feet making it the largest house in the world; the interior of the state apartments was mostly designed in the early 19th century

The Horseshoe Cloister, completed in 1480, was built near St. George Chapel to house its clergy; today it houses the lay clerks of the chapel

The Horseshoe Cloister, completed in 1480, was built near St. George Chapel to house its clergy; today it houses the lay clerks of the chapel

Henry III built a luxurious royal palace within the castle during the 13th century, and Edward III went further, rebuilding the palace in what would become the most expensive secular building project of the Middle Ages in England

Henry III built a luxurious royal palace within the castle during the 13th century, and Edward III went further, rebuilding the palace in what would become the most expensive secular building project of the Middle Ages in England

Picture Gallery;  Windsor Castle is about an hour west of London by train; the touristy town of Windsor has 30,000 residents

Picture Gallery; Windsor Castle is about an hour west of London by train; the touristy town of Windsor has 30,000 residents

Windsor Castle’s grand and opulent Green Drawing Room was the backdrop for Archie's christening photos following the intimate service in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on July 6, 2019

Windsor Castle’s grand and opulent Green Drawing Room was the backdrop for Archie's christening photos following the intimate service in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on July 6, 2019

George III and George IV renovated and rebuilt Charles II's palace at colossal expense, producing the current design of the State Apartments, full of Rococo, Gothic and Baroque furnishings

George III and George IV renovated and rebuilt Charles II's palace at colossal expense, producing the current design of the State Apartments, full of Rococo, Gothic and Baroque furnishings

It cost roughly $30 to visit Windsor Castle; the Dollhouse was closed but is one of the largest in the world and a perfect miniature of an aristocratic home

It cost roughly $30 to visit Windsor Castle; the Dollhouse was closed but is one of the largest in the world and a perfect miniature of an aristocratic home

Queen Elizabeth was one of the longest-established Pembroke corgi breeders on the planet; for nearly 70 years, Windsor was home to her corgi breeding program, which she shut down in 2015

Queen Elizabeth was one of the longest-established Pembroke corgi breeders on the planet; for nearly 70 years, Windsor was home to her corgi breeding program, which she shut down in 2015

Windsor Castle is believed to be the Queen's favorite residence; it is suspected that the Queen will be buried in the private Royal chapel at Windsor

Windsor Castle is believed to be the Queen's favorite residence; it is suspected that the Queen will be buried in the private Royal chapel at Windsor

The Crimson Drawing Room boasts spectacular views across the Berkshire countryside; Eton, the most prestigious private high school in the UK, sits across the Thames from the castle

The Crimson Drawing Room boasts spectacular views across the Berkshire countryside; Eton, the most prestigious private high school in the UK, sits across the Thames from the castle

Edward III's core design lasted through the Tudor period, during which Henry VIII and Elizabeth I made increasing use of the castle as a royal court and center for diplomatic entertainment

Edward III's core design lasted through the Tudor period, during which Henry VIII and Elizabeth I made increasing use of the castle as a royal court and center for diplomatic entertainment

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