Inside the thick walls of Windsor Castle lies St. George’s Chapel. The Chapel is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, and dates back to the 14th century.
Some of its most noted features include intricately carved stonework, a magnificent fan vaulted ceiling, beautiful stained glass windows, and the black-and-white diamond-patterned marble floor of The Quire.
St George’s Chapel has been a venue for Royal weddings since the future King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.
The Chapel has added significance for Prince Harry as the chapel was the venue for the blessing of the marriage of his father Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall- in 2005- after their register office ceremony. Other family members who married in the Chapel include Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips, who wed Autumn Kelly there in May 2008, and Prince Edward (Harry’s uncle) and Sophie- the Countess of Wessex in 1999.
There will be two royal weddings in 2018- both held in St George’s Chapel; Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle (May 19) and his cousin Princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank in the autumn. Both Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie were baptised in the chapel, Harry in 1984 and Eugenie in 1990.
Ten monarchs are buried within the chapel, including’; Charles I, King Henry VIII, King Edward VII, and King George VI (the queen’s father). The queen herself is expected to be buried there when she passes.
The chapel has also been the setting for many historic funerals, including Harry’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in a private committal service following her Westminster Abbey funeral in 2002, and in the same year, Princess Margaret’s small, private funeral.
St George’s chapel is also the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter- the senior order of British Chivalry established in 1348 by Edward III.
The annual Order of the Garter ceremony is held at St George’s Chapel every June to honour those who have excelled in public service.
Garter Knights dressed in ceremonial robes make for a grand spectacle as they process into St George’s Chapel. Recipients of the honour of joining the order are chosen because they have held public office, contributed to national life, or served the sovereign personally.
See the inside of the awe-inspiring St George’s Chapel in Windsor which has hosted royal weddings for centuries.
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