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360° Video: Tour Inside Windsor Castle – BBC London
November 7, 2019
Welcome inside Windsor Castle.
Please take a look around our 360° video. It’s the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. The Queen spends most of her weekends here. This is the inner hall. Official visitors used to be greeted here. It’s been closed off for around 160 years but now it’s open to the public. At the top of the grand staircase, we arrive inside the Waterloo Chamber. The portraits are of the monarchs and commanders who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. If you look down at the floor, you can see the Indian carpet which was woven by the inmates of Agra
prison for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. It’s thought to be the largest
seamless carpet in the world. St George’s Hall hosts enormous state
banquets. In 1992 a fire seriously damaged the hall and the roof was
completely destroyed. Now the ceiling is studded with the
coats of arms of all the Knights of the Garter who are the most senior Knights
in Britain. At the end of St George’s Hall is the
lantern lobby. This was the private chapel of Queen Victoria Have a look at Henry VIII’s armor To allow for the King’s increasing size,
it was designed to be extendable. The Grand Reception Room is perhaps one of the most striking spaces within the castle. It was once used as the main
ballroom. Looking up at the chandeliers and gold-covered walls, it’s hard to
believe this room was severely damaged in the fire. Can you see the large urn at
the end of the room? It was given to Queen Victoria and was one of the
largest outside Russia. It was one of the only objects to survive the fire. We’re now in the Crimson Drawing Room.
The sofas were made in 1828 for George IV’s new private apartments. But
after they realised that so much furniture left too little space, some
pieces were sent to Buckingham Palace. Some of the State Portraits include
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and George VI. Windsor Castle is not a
museum. It’s a working palace. The rooms are used for state occasions
and official entertaining, but the State Apartments are open to the public for
most of the year. Jamie Moreland, BBC London.