Point of Interest

Jubilee Obelisk

England / Europe

The Jubilee Oblesisk in Bachelors Acre commemorates the Golden Jubilee of George III in 1810. These celebrations formed the template for the celebration of future monarchical jubilees. It was an occasion of special magnificence for Windsor with a great ox roast held on Bachelors Acre. The King himself was too ill to attend, but Queen Charlotte came down from the Castle to join in the festivities. The roast was to be distributed to Windsor’s poorest inhabitants, but the Queen tasted the beef and evidently ‘appeared highly amused by the novelty.’ Queen Charlotte enjoyed herself so much that she returned to the throng following her attendance at a special service in St George’s Chapel. A contemporary report also stated: ‘The Duke of Sussex, with his hat off, held the tray from which Queen took two or three pieces of beef and bread. The Duke of Clarence distributed the plum pudding.’ The obelisk was erected on this spot on 19 May 1810.

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