♔St George’s Chapel Windsor- The Royal Wedding Venue

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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.

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Windsor Chapel – The Superb Carved Fan-Vault Ceiling

Royal Weddings

St George’s Chapel has been a venue for Royal weddings since King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

Marriage of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall- Camilla  2005

Blessing of Prince Charles and – Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall 2005

The Chapel was also the venue for the blessing of the marriage of his father Prince Charles and CamillaDuchess 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 and Sophie- the Countess of Wessex in 1999.

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The marriage of Prince Edward and Sophie- the Countess of Wessex in 1999

The Marriage of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle took place at St George’s Chapel in May 2018 and the chapel will once again play host for, Princess Eugenie’s (youngest daughter of Prince Andrew) marriage to Jack Brooksbank on October 12 2018.

Both Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie were baptised in the chapel, Harry in 1984 and Eugenie in 1990.

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Meghan Markle entering St George’s Chapel

Royal Funerals

Ten monarchs are buried within the chapel, including’; Charles I, King Henry VIII, King Edward VII, and King George VI (the queen’s father) and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002, one simple word, carved in black marble, marks the final resting place of the Queen Mother – “Elizabeth”- together with her beloved husband again at last after 50 years. In the same year the small, private funeral of her daughter, Princess Margaret was held. The funeral of HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon took place on February 15, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The casket now rests, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, near to her parents.

The Order of the Garter

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.

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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.

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