The Queen’s Walkway Windsor

England / Europe

WINDSOR The original town of Windsor was largely laid out by 1170. ‘New Windsor’ had rights as a free borough and was made into a royal borough under a charter of Edward I in 1277.  In ancient times the Anglo-Saxon Kings held court in a palace at Old Windsor, but William the Conqueror saw the advantage of building a tower on high land above the Thames to help guard London.  His son, Henry I built a residence within the Castle walls and first held court there in 1110.  Most sovereigns have lived in the Castle since then, and many Kings and Queens of England are buried in St George’s Chapel. William Shakespeare knew Windsor well and it inspired his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor. The present Guildhall was built between 1687 and 1691, and since 1778 when George III moved to Windsor, the town has profited from its royal associations.  Since the English Civil War Windsor has been a garrison town with a military presence that continues to this day.  Windsor Bridge formed a permanent link to Eton in 1822 and the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1849 made Windsor more accessible to London.  The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have enjoyed a long association with Windsor.  The Queen and her sister, Princess Margaret, spent most of the Second World War in the Castle. After King George VI died in February 1952, the Queen and the Duke opened some rooms in the Castle, and it soon became their weekend retreat from London. They are there for the Easter Court, for the Garter Ceremony and Royal Ascot in June, and since 1969 there have been occasional State Visits to Windsor, with the procession passing this spot.  Since March 2020 the Queen and Prince Philip have spent most of their time in lockdown in the castle, in what became known as ‘HMS Bubble’. Since 1917 Windsor has also been the name of the Royal House.

4 miles / 6.4 kilometres

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