In recent times St Georges Chapel has been the centre of attention for weddings and funerals alike.
Most notebly the funeral of Prince Phillip on the of 17th of April 2021 and the weddings of Princess Beatrice & Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday 17th July, 2020 and Harry & Meghan on the 19th of May 2018.
A Royal Mausoleum
Just as Westminster Abbey is a royal mausoleum so is St Georges Chapel. Amongst the most notable buried there are Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, and George V and Queen Mary.
St George’s is a working entity, where daily services are held. Although the chapel is closed to general visitors on Sunday, services welcome worshippers
Windsor Castle began when William the Conqueror originally built a mound with stockade around 1070. The work was continued by Henry II who built a round stone tower and three outer walls. Henry III constructed the western end of the lower ward complete with a chapel on the site of today’s Albert Memorial Chapel.
In 1348 the Chapel became central to Edward IV for the ceremony of the Order of the Garter.
English Gothic Architecture
Saint Georges’ Chapel was a classic example of English Gothic architecture with its perpendicular style. By 1483 the choir aisles and roof had been completed. This was followed by a nave in 1496. However, the vaulting took until 1528 to be finished. The chapel undertook restoration work between 1921 and 1930.
The lower ward now includes St George’s Chapel and the Albert Memorial Chapel in which George III, George IV and William IV are buried.
Treasures to Look Out For
Visitors can look up above the choir stalls and see the insignia of the Knights of the Garter, helmets, banners and swords. Attached to the rear of the stalls are heraldic plates – a throwback to the heraldry of medieval court.
Another notable tourist attraction is the west window containing 15th century stained glass.