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St. George’s Chapel

Location: Windsor
Region: South East

Postcode: SL4 1NJ

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St. George's Chapel, nestled within Windsor Castle's grounds, stands as a beacon of Gothic architectural splendour and a repository of British royal history, from grand ceremonies to solemn royal burials, echoing centuries of tradition and legacy.

Visitor Information: St. George’s Chapel

  • St. George’s Chapel
    Description

    Located within the grounds of Windsor Castle, St. George’s Chapel stands as an epitome of Gothic architecture, carrying within its hallowed walls the echoes of England’s past and the history of the British royal family.

    A Brief Overview: St. George’s Chapel was founded in the 14th century by King Edward III and has since been the chosen site for numerous royal ceremonies, weddings, and burials. Apart from its religious significance, the chapel plays an integral role in the Order of the Garter’s ceremonies, Britain’s highest order of chivalry, established by Edward III in 1348.

    Architectural Grandeur: The chapel’s architecture is a prime example of the Perpendicular Gothic style, characterized by vertical lines and large windows that fill the interior with light. Noteworthy features include its magnificent stone fan vaulting, the ornate choir stalls, and the intricately designed stained glass windows, some of which date back to the 15th century.

    Royal Connections: Generations of royals have walked the aisle of St. George’s Chapel for their wedding ceremonies, the most recent being Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. The chapel also serves as the final resting place for ten monarchs, including King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour, as well as King George VI, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth II.

    The Order of the Garter: St. George’s Chapel is deeply linked with the Order of the Garter. Every year, the Order’s members gather at the chapel for the Garter Service, a tradition that has endured for centuries. The Knights of the Garter have their heraldic banners hung above their stalls in the choir, adding a vibrant touch to the chapel’s ambiance.

    Visitor Experience: For those interested in history, art, and architecture, the chapel offers a rich tapestry of stories waiting to be uncovered. Guided tours dive deep into its storied past, exploring the tales of saints, soldiers, and sovereigns.

    St. George’s Chapel is more than just a religious edifice; it’s a testament to the rich tapestry of British history and its unwavering connection to the monarchy. A visit promises not only spiritual solace but also a journey through the annals of time.

  • Highlights
    Not to be missed when visiting

    Architectural Marvel: A prime example of Gothic architecture with its intricately designed fan-vaulted ceiling, towering stone pillars, and intricate stained glass windows.

    Royal Weddings: The venue for several royal weddings, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and  Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in 2018.

    Royal Burials: The final resting place of numerous monarchs and royals, including King Henry VIII, Charles I, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth II.

    The Quire: The very heart of the chapel, where daily services have been held for over 700 years.

    The Knights of the Garter: Home to the Order of the Garter ceremonies, Britain’s oldest order of chivalry.

    Garter Stalls: Bearing the coats of arms and insignia of current Knights, an ever-evolving historical record.

    Albert Memorial Chapel: Originally intended as a burial place for Henry VII, it became a memorial chapel for Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort.

    Exceptional Organ: A magnificent instrument with its roots from the late 17th century, offering stirring recitals.

    Chorister Program: The chapel boasts a renowned choir that performs at services and events, continuing a 650-year-old tradition.

    Stunning Artwork: The chapel houses several exquisite works of art, from paintings to beautifully embroidered vestments.

FAQs

  • What is the history of St. George's Chapel?

    St. George’s Chapel was founded by Edward IV in 1475 and completed by Henry VIII. It has since served as a place of worship for the British monarchy and the Order of the Garter.

  • Can visitors attend services at the chapel?

    Yes, visitors are welcome to attend daily services at St. George’s Chapel. The schedule of services can vary, so it’s recommended to check in advance.

  • How can I tour the chapel?

    The chapel is open to the public for a majority of the year, with some exceptions during private events or ceremonies.

  • Where is St. George's Chapel located?

    The chapel is situated within the grounds of Windsor Castle, in the town of Windsor.

  • Is the chapel wheelchair accessible?

    Yes, there are facilities and paths designed to accommodate visitors with mobility issues.

  • Is there an entrance fee to visit St. George's Chapel?

    While there is no separate fee for the chapel, there is an admission charge for Windsor Castle, which includes access to the chapel.

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