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Events at Windsor Castle will mark the bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Release date: Thursday, 25 April 2019

Families enjoying a Family Festival in the Moat Garden at Windsor Castle


To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, a series of events at Windsor Castle throughout the summer and autumn will bring the role of the Castle during the Victorian era to life for adults and children alike.


Adult events

Lucy Worsley: Celebrating Queen Victoria

Tuesday, 21 May, 18:30–19:45

Windsor Castle enjoyed a golden age during the reign of Queen Victoria. It served as both a rural retreat from London and a magnificent palace in which to entertain. In the week of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley will provide fresh insights into Queen Victoria’s colourful reign and her life at Windsor Castle. 


Victorian stained glass

Tuesday, 9 July, 18:15–19:15

Stained glass windows were an art form at which the Victorians excelled. Charlotte Manley, Chapter Clerk will lead a tour of the superb examples in St George’s Chapel, which tell stories from the Bible and include scenes of Prince Albert’s life and accomplishments.


The Albert Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, 10 September, 18:15–19:15

This evening lecture will give visitors the opportunity to enter the Albert Memorial Chapel, an architectural masterpiece created for Queen Victoria to commemorate her husband. The richly decorated chapel features a vaulted ceiling decorated with a gold mosaic, inlaid marble panels and a marble effigy of Prince Albert.


Recording Raphael: Prince Albert’s Visionary Project

Tuesday, 8 October, 18:30–20:00

One of Prince Albert’s great projects was creating a visual survey of every known work of art by or after Raphael, from the smallest drawing to the largest fresco, documented through photography and prints. In this special evening event, Royal Collection Trust curators will display and discuss examples from Prince Albert’s extraordinary collection.


Queen Victoria’s railways

Tuesday, 15 October, 18:30–20:00

The importance of the railway for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is marked by the two railway lines to Windsor Castle, each with their own station, which are still in use today. In an evening with architectural historian Steven Brindle, visitors will learn more about the profound impact of the railway on Windsor and across Victorian Britain as a whole.


Family events

Victoria and Albert 200

11 May and during half-term (25 May – 2 June), 11:00–16:00

Every Saturday in May and during half-term, children visiting Windsor Castle are invited to create colourful collages of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth.  On 27 May, interactive storytelling sessions will give children the chance to try on replica Victorian costumes, and on 1 June families can travel back in time with Victorian falconry displays in the Castle’s Moat Garden. 

During her reign Queen Victoria commissioned performances of Shakespeare’s plays to entertain the court at Windsor Castle. On 30 May, a storyteller from Shakespeare’s Globe will perform a family-friendly adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Castle grounds, while Bach to Baby concerts will give under-fives the chance to dance, roam about and enjoy live period music.


Queen Victoria’s Sketchbook

8, 15, 22 and 29 June, 11:00–16:00

Queen Victoria was a keen amateur artist throughout her life and enjoyed capturing likenesses of the people close to her. Following Victoria’s lead, children visiting Windsor Castle on Saturdays in June can join arts-and-crafts workshops and create their own miniature portraits to take home.


Family Festival: Queen Victoria’s Circus

Saturday, 14 September, 10:00–16:00

This September, Windsor Castle’s Family Festival will give young visitors all the skills they need to join the circus for the day. As they explore the Castle grounds, families will be able to enjoy a range of drop-in activities, including falconry and horse-riding displays, storytelling, musical performances and opportunities to dress up in replica Victorian costumes. The centrepiece of the festival will be a performance by a Victorian circus troupe complete with life-size elephant puppets, inspired by the travelling menagerie that performed for Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle in 1847.  


Queen Victoria’s Crown Jewels

7, 21 and 28 September, 11:00–16:00 (15:00 on 7 September)

On Saturdays in September, children visiting Windsor Castle can choose from a range of fun arts-and-crafts activities, including the chance to make their own version of Queen Victoria’s sparkling diamond crown.


All family activities are included in the price of admission to Windsor Castle.               

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