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The residences of the Windsors

Windsor Castle

William the Conqueror had Windsor Castle built in the city of the same name near London almost 1000 years ago. Since then it has been inhabited continuously, among others by Elisabeth I., Who spent a lot of time in the castle.

During the Second World War, the then King George VI lived there. with his wife and two daughters: Margaret and Elizabeth, who is four years his senior, now the Queen.

Today the Queen uses the castle mainly on the weekends. The imposing fortress, which has been expanded again and again, houses a large part of the royal art collection. Some pieces go back to Henry VIII.

In 1992 part of the palace burned down, and pictures from the collection were also destroyed. The burned-out rooms have now been restored true to the original.

The St. Georges Chapel also belongs to Windsor Castle. The Gothic chapel was built in the 14th century. It is the final resting place of ten English monarchs, including Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. The tomb of Princess Margaret, sister of Elizabeth II, is also located here. Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert are buried in a small mausoleum near the castle.

In April 2021, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was buried at Windsor Castle.

Balmoral Castle

In the Scottish highlands lies Balmoral Castle. Queen Victoria and her family spent a few weeks at the 14th century castle every year.

Viktoria initially rented Balmoral to go on vacation there. Her husband Albert bought the castle and expanded it. Among other things, he had several outbuildings built. In the 1850s, the renovation work, which cost many times the purchase price, was completed.

To this day, Balmoral Castle is the summer residence of the royals.

ElisabethII too. shares love for Balmoral Castle. Even as a child, she regularly drove to the Scottish highlands with her parents. Today the royal family spends late summer in Scotland, among other things to go hunting.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Holyroodhouse is located in Edinburgh and is the second Scottish residence of the Windsors. The name Holyrood or "Holy Cross" goes back to a medieval legend.

King DavidI. is said to have been attacked here by a white deer. A shining cross suddenly appeared in its antlers. The stag ran away, the king was unharmed and founded an abbey in 1128 as a souvenir and in gratitude.

At the beginning of the 16th century, the palace in Gothic style was built right next to it, which is closely linked to the history of the British monarchs.

Mary Stuart, who was married twice in Holyroodhouse, saw her secretary David Rizzio murdered there.