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King William "The Conqueror", who came from Normandy and successfully seized the English throne, built a castle at the present site about 1070. It was extended by his successors and was virtually rebuilt about 1344, during the reign of Edward III, as a gathering place for the knights of the Garter; their insignia line the walls of St. George's Chapel and their investitures are still held in St. George's Hall. Later British monarchs added to and improved the castle. Windsor Castle, principal residence of the British sovereigns is situated in the municipal borough of Windsor, or New Windsor, England, about 22 miles west of London. The site is located northeast of the town on a slight elevation overlooking the Thames River. The dominant structure of Windsor Castle is the Round Tower, or Keep, 24.5 m (80 ft) high, built on the site where, according to tradition, King Arthur sat with the knights of the Round Table. It was used as a prison until 1660 and is still surrounded by a moat. Another distinctive building is Saint George's Chapel, begun about 1474 by King Edward IV and completed in 1528 by King Henry VIII. The chapel, with its detailed stone vaulting, is a masterpiece of late Perpendicular architecture. It is the burial place of ten British sovereigns. The adjoining Albert Memorial Chapel, originally built by King Henry III in the 13th century as a memorial to Edward the Confessor, last of the Anglo-Saxon kings, was lavishly restored by Queen Victoria as a monument to Albert, her prince consort. The state apartments in the Upper Ward, including the celebrated Saint George's Hall, the Waterloo Chamber, the Throne Room, the Rubens Room, and the Van Dyck Room, contain valuable collections of paintings, statuary, and other priceless art objects.

The first five photos were taken before June, 1987 prior to the fire of 1992


Windsor Castle
The Round Tower (to the right of center) is built on the site where according to
tradition King Arthur sat with the knights of the Round Table. The gothic building
on the left is Saint George's Chapel.


The North Entrance to Windsor Castle


The Guards of Windsor Castle


Saint George's Chapel
The interior of the Chapel has a beautiful ceiling, carved
wooden stalls, and the flags of the Knights of the Garter.
(photo by: Woodmansterne Limited Watford, UK)


The Grand Staircase of Windsor Castle
(photo by: PEAK, UK)



The Green Drawing Room in Windsor Castle
(photo: http://www.victorianstation.com/green.htm)


The Crimson Room in Windsor Castle
(photo: http://www.victorianstation.com/green.htm)