A look at Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement to the world on Monday 28th November 2017. The day after, Kensington Palace announced that the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. It is likely to be the largest royal wedding to take place since Harry’s brother, Prince William, married Kate Middleton in April 2011.
Additionally, Meghan will be the first American officially to marry a member of the British Royal Family. King Edward VIII married American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, in 1937, but only after Edward had abdicated. The couple married at a castle outside the city of Tours, France, in June 1937, with fewer than 20 guests in attendance. We are expecting a few more will attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel – and millions more will watch around the world.
Let us take a closer look at Windsor Castle, St. George’s Chapel and this part of the United Kingdom.
About Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is the oldest of all the English Royal homes and the largest inhabited castle in the world, covering thirteen acres. William the Conqueror built a castle here 1,000 years ago and almost all succeeding monarchs have made alterations to the building, giving the castle the unforgettable skyline we see today.
Many sovereigns and famous people are buried in St. George’s Chapel, including Charles I, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.
Windsor Castle is also the location of the famous ‘Long Walk’. It is almost three miles long and connects Windsor Castle with the four thousand eight hundred acres of Windsor Great Park. It provides a magnificent tree-lined approach and remarkable panorama of the entire length of the Castle. At the far end of this straight walk, is the Copper Horse, a statue of King George III on his horse, erected on Snow Hill in 1831.
St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
St. George’s Chapel is a 15th Century gothic chapel, set in the grounds of Windsor Castle. It is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. It usually holds about 800 guests – much smaller than Westminster Abbey – the location for William and Kate’s wedding, which holds 2,000.
The chapel will be very familiar to Harry, the youngest son of Princess Diana, who was christened here in 1984. It was also the location for Prince Charles, Harry’s father and Camilla’s televised religious blessing, following their civil ceremony in 2005. More recently, Harry’s cousin, Peter Phillips, married the Canadian, Autumn Kelly, here in 2008. It is reported that Harry and Meghan love the building and its surrounds, following secret visits to Windsor.
Where is Windsor Castle, Berkshire?
Windsor Castle is situated in Berkshire – about 20 miles west of London. The county is one of the oldest in England, being created by Alfred the Great of Wessex. It is also proudly known officially as the Royal County of Berkshire, the title being bestowed upon it by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as her personal residence is at Windsor Castle. The Royal Standard flies from the Round Tower at the Castle when the Queen is in residence.
Berkshire is one of the Home Counties west of London, the history of which has been strongly influenced by its strategic position and the River Thames which flows through it. The quiet scenes of English country life, the inspiration of so many artists and writers, still remain a reality. The Thames is a valuable leisure facility and traditional boating trips are enjoyed from numerous tranquil riverside villages. The town of Eton and the famous public school, Eton College, is across a footbridge on the opposite bank of the River Thames from Windsor.
The Berkshire Downs connect the Chiltern Hills in the east with the Marlborough Downs in the west. The Downs are a hilly area with well wooded valleys and especially open upland areas, famous for their ever present racehorse training gallops. Lambourn and the thatched villages of East Garston and Eastbury are famous for their horse-racing stables. There are racecourses at Ascot, Newbury and Windsor.
When is the Royal Wedding 2018?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018 – after Kate Middleton’s due date. She and Prince William are expecting their third child in April 2018.
The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. pic.twitter.com/lJdtWnbdpB
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 28, 2017
Who is Meghan Markle?
If you do not know by now, (and many people in the United Kingdom did not until recently) Meghan Markle is a U.S. actress, most famous for her role as Rachel Zane in the U.S. TV drama, Suits. She was born on 4th August 1981 and grew up in Los Angeles and until her engagement, lived in Toronto. She is also known for her humanitarian work (she is the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada) and for her campaigning about gender equality.
Despite her relative fame prior to the announcement of her wedding, this Google Trends chart, which shows worldwide searches for her name, aptly demonstrates the change in her status that has occurred since her engagement to Harry.