Our tour starts with Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest inhabited castle. The castle is located in the Berkshire town of Windsor, in the Thames Valley to the west of London. Together with Buckingham Palace in London and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Windsor Castle is one of the principal official residences of the British monarch.
Windsor Castle dates back to the time of William the Conqueror. Most of the kings and queens of England have had a direct influence on the construction and evolution of Windsor Castle, which has been their garrison, fortress, home, official palace and sometimes prison.
Queen Elizabeth II decided to make Windsor her principal weekend retreat in 1952. The private apartments which had not been properly occupied since the era of Queen Mary were renovated and further modernised, and the Queen, Prince Philip and their four children took up residence. This arrangement has continued to the present day.