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What's new at Windsor Castle this spring

Release date: Thursday, 21 March 2019

Whether learning about Windsor Castle’s transformation through the centuries, enjoying a new exhibition of royal wedding outfits, or exploring the State Apartments with the help of a cartoon dragon, there’s a host of new ways for visitors of all ages to discover Windsor Castle this spring.


The new introductory gallery in the Moat Room at Windsor Castle


New ways to explore the Castle

Windsor Castle’s brand new introductory gallery, located in the Moat Room at the foot of the Round Tower, offers visitors an overview of the Castle’s thousand-year history and its most famous inhabitants.

A highlight of the new space is a series of specially commissioned, large-scale bronze models, which recreate in stunning detail the appearance of the Castle at three pivotal moments in its history, demonstrating its dramatic transformation from a simple wooden fortress to a Gothic palace.

New multimedia tours launched in March offer visitors a choice of routes through the Castle’s State Apartments for the first time.

The Ceremonial Route guides visitors through the ornate rooms that are used for official entertaining by Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family, while the Historic Route consists of the suite of apartments created by Charles II, featuring many of the greatest works of art in the Royal Collection. These developments are part of an ongoing investment by Royal Collection Trust to enhance the experience of visiting the Castle.


Front cover of the new Windsor Castle children's souvenir guidebook


New children’s activities and resources

Which king kept a pet giraffe at Windsor Castle? Why were the Crown Jewels hidden in a biscuit tin? Which monarch returned to Windsor without a head?

These questions, and many more, are answered in a new children’s guidebook, The Queen’s Castle at Windsor: Fortress, Palace, Home, which reveals the secrets of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle through lively illustrations, photographs and fascinating facts.

A new children’s multimedia tour, narrated by a cartoon dragon called Scorch, features interactive puzzles and animations that bring the history of the Castle and the role of the Royal Family to life for young visitors.

On Saturdays throughout March, family art workshops are themed around World Book Day, while on Saturdays in April and during the Easter holidays, children will learn about 300 years of royal fashion with interactive talks, art workshops and dressing-up activities. Browse the family-friendly activities



Front cover of Windsor Castle: An Illustrated History


Windsor Castle: An Illustrated History

Published in March, this new popular history of Windsor Castle explains how a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, established by William the Conqueror around 1070, survived and evolved through the Middle Ages, the English Civil War, two world wars and the disastrous fire of 1992, to remain the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

Beautifully illustrated with paintings, drawings and photographs from the Royal Collection, the book also includes newly commissioned photography, artists’ impressions of the Castle at important moments in its history, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of this working royal palace.

A Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank

The wedding outfits of HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are on display in the Castle’s magnificent Grand Reception Room until 22 April.

The special exhibition includes Her Royal Highness’s wedding dress, tiara and evening gown, Mr Jack Brooksbank’s morning suit, the maid-of-honour outfit of HRH Princess Beatrice of York, and the bridesmaid and pageboy outfits worn at the wedding in St George’s Chapel.