Sunday, 24 May 2015

St Georges Chapel

No less than 10 Monarchs are buried at St Georges Chapel. Here is a long list from Wikipedia:

  • Edward IV, King of England (1461-1470; 1471-1483), in 1483
  • Henry VI, King of England (1422-1461; 1470-1471), (reburial) in 148
  • Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1901-1910), on 20 May 1910
  • Henry VIII, King of England and Ireland, in 1547
  • Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland, in 1649
  • George III, King of the United Kingdom, in 1820
  • George IV, King of the United Kingdom, in 1830
  • William IV, King of the United Kingdom, in 1837
  • George V, King of the United Kingdom, in 1936
  • George VI, King of the United Kingdom, in 1952
There are many more illustrious people buried there as well, you'll have to have a look!  Of course, there have been weddings there too. In 2005 the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles was blessed there by the Archbishop of Canterbury.


The chapel was started 1475 and took 50 years to build. It is the home of the Order of the Garter. It is a very impressive Gothic structure with fan vaulting and a myriad of carved details and statues that, annoyingly, you can't take any photos of. Here are the external views to tempt you.









But what of the John Piper windows I hear you ask? Well, they are located in King George VI's memorial chapel. However I couldn't take a photo, there are no postcards and they are chopped in half in the guidebook photo. What a to do! They are beautiful predominately blue with tiny white circles almost diamond like here and there. Hopefully I'll eventually track down a photo for you.

The memorial to King George IV's daughter Princess Charlotte and her child is haunting - have a look at a photo here.

I'll be back with a few more glimpses of Windsor tomorrow. Bye till then!

5 comments:

  1. There are certainly a lot of Kings in that there chapel! You're right about the haunting memorial.... Looking forward to more of Windsor!
    Wren x

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  2. What a beautiful and historical place! I haven't been for many years, and will have to visit one day. Love the gargoyles :)
    Cathy x

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    1. There were so many, I was spoilt for choice! x

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  3. It is a shame that you could not take pictures, glad that you enjoyed it though! xx

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