Prince Philip spent the last year of his life at the world's largest occupied castle - and played a pivotal role in redesigning the royal property after a fire
Prince Philipspent the last year of his life at Windsor Castle, which has 1,000 rooms.
- Philip and the Queen relocated to Windsor at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
- Philip chaired a restoration committee after a fire destroyed parts of the castle in 1992.
Prince Philip played an important role in the castle's history
Located just outside of London in Windsor, Windsor Castle has been a royal home and fortress to 39 monarchs for more than 900 years, according to the Royal Collection Trust.According to Reader's Digest, the castle has 1,000 rooms - several hundred more than Buckingham Palace, which has 775 rooms. Many of the rooms at Windsor Castle were used for official functions, such as state dinners, or for
Years before, many of these rooms were destroyed when a fire broke out at Windsor Castle on November 20, 1992. After burning for 15 hours, 115 rooms - including nine state rooms - were damaged, according to the Royal Collection Trust.Philip chaired the restoration committee, which was tasked with planning the redesign of the rooms that had been affected over a five-year period. One of these rooms was St George's Hall, which was "restored to a design close to the room's original 14th-century appearance, but with a 20th-century reinterpretation," according to the Royal Collection Trust.
The redesign included a new hammer-beam roof made out of sustainable English oak, according to the Royal Collection Trust.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose St George's Hall as the venue to introduce their son, Archie, to the world two days after his birth in May 2019.
The castle also has smaller private rooms for the royal familyWhile members of the public can tour parts of Windsor Castle, the property has smaller private rooms that are off limits. There are, however, photos from over the years that show some of the Queen's living quarters, including the family dining room, the music room, and the Queen's study.
When Windsor Castle opens it doors, members of the public can visit the state apartments, where the royal family hold official public events, as well as St George's Chapel, which is located on the castle's grounds.It's where Markle and Harry tied the knot in 2018, and where Philip's funeral was held on April 17. Only 30 select guests were permitted to attend the service due to the UK's COVID-19 restrictions.
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