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A History of the Burials at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle needs no introduction. Possibly the most famous royal residence on planet Earth, Windsor Castle is a favorite among tourists due to its lasting history and strong heritage. The castle has many highlights, including the St George’s Chapel, the resting place of many monarchs such as Queen Elizabeth II.

History of Windsor Castle burials

Early burials at Windsor Castle

While Edward IV began building St George’s Chapel and Henry VIII completed it, King Henry VI was the first to be buried at Windsor Castle. He was followed by King Edward IV (1483) and Queen Elizabeth Woodville (1492).

Windsor Castle

Notable figures buried at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle safely houses the remains of countless UK monarchs, including Edward VII, George V, and George VI. Queen Elizabeth II was also buried at the same location.

A portrait of Edward IV

Monarchs

Some of the monarchs buried at Windsor Castle include: Edward IV, King of England, Henry VI, King of England, Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom, and Henry VIII, King of England and Ireland.

George III

Royal Family Members

All royal family members are buried in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel. Family members buried there include Henry VI, Henry VIII, Charles I, George III, George V and Mary of Teck, George VI, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

St George's Chapel

St. George's Chapel

Role of St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle burials

King Edward IV laid the foundation of St George's Chapel in 1475. The building would be used to bury vital figures in English history, with King Edward IV the first to be buried in 1483.

St. George's Chapel - Architecture

Architectural significance

Construction began at St George’s Chapel in 1475, with Henry VIII overseeing its completion in 1528. The building’s unique 'Perpendicular Gothic' style architecture is a sight for sore eyes.

St. George's Chapel - Notable features of St. George's Chapel

Notable features of St. George's Chapel

St George’s Chapel's notable and unique features include a large west window, late 15th-century stained glass, and painted roof bosses.




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Access to Windsor Castle burial sites

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Guided Tours and Visitor Experience

Guided tours to Windsor Castle provide access to St George’s Castle, where you can see the burial sites of royal family members. These tours are an excellent option as you get a dedicated guide, who offers insight into the tombs and monuments.

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Restrictions and Guidelines

Smoking, vaping, and the use of electronic cigarettes are restricted on Windsor Castle grounds. A few other items restricted on the castle grounds include: Pen knives and knives with blades under 7.7cm (3”), scissors. Kirpans (the Sikh article of faith) where the blade exceeds 7.7cm (3”), alcoholic drinks in sealed containers and paints/aerosols.

Frequently asked questions about Windsor Castle burials

What is the history behind Windsor Castle burials?

St George’s Castle in Windsor Castle has seen the burials of royal kings and queens since the 15th century.

Who are some of the most notable figures buried at Windsor Castle?

Notable figures buried at Windsor Castle include Edward VII, George V, and George VI. Queen Elizabeth II.

Are there any unique customs associated with royal burials at Windsor Castle?

Many unique customs are associated with royal burials at Windsor Castle but the most interesting one is that when royal members were buried in the Royal Vault, the coffin was lowered through a special opening in the floor of St. George’s Chapel.

Can the public access the burial sites at Windsor Castle?

Yes, the public can access the burial sites at Windsor Castle.

How are restoration and preservation efforts managed for the burial sites at Windsor Castle?

Regular cleaning, repairs, and furnishing are done at the burial sites to preserve their beauty.

What interesting facts or anecdotes are associated with Windsor Castle burials?

St George’s Castle, the burial site within Windsor Castle, isn’t just home to the tombs of countless kings and queens. With a seating capacity of 800 people, it is also the largest space in Windsor Castle.

What are the future prospects and developments for Windsor Castle burials?

Windsor Castle burials draw significant public attention. As a result, efforts are underway to open the grounds up further to the public but ensure the tombs aren’t damaged.