As the oldest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle is a significant asset of the Occupied Royal Palaces Estate. The fortress — which dates back to the 11th century — is one of the royal family’s favorite places to escape to and right down the road from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new home. With its large acreage and multiple properties, many want to know: How much is Windsor Castle worth?
Find out how much Windsor Castle is worth, ahead.
How much is Windsor Castle worth?
Despite being one of the most famous castles in the world, Windsor Castle is not worth nearly as much as you’d think (especially compared to Buckingham Palace, which is allegedly valued at over $5 billion). According to a 2017 report, Windsor Castle is worth around $236 million.
Many experts consider Windsor Castle one of the best examples of Georgian style. It features some of the royal family’s most stunning state apartments, incredible works of art and a collection of artifacts, as well as King Charles II’s bed. In addition, the medieval chapel on the castle grounds, St. George’s Chapel, is one of the most famous royal wedding venues in the world (it’s where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed earlier this year). But, perhaps it’s most incredible quality is the fact that it’s existed for nearly 1,000 years.
Who owns Windsor Castle?
Despite being considered a royal family abode, the royal family — in particular, Queen Elizabeth II — doesn’t actually own the castle. Together with Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle is part of the Occupied Royal Palaces Estate and belongs to the reigning monarch. That means, once Prince Charles ascends the throne and becomes king, Windsor Castle will technically (and temporarily) belong to him.
Inside Windsor Castle
Royal family members aren’t the only ones who get to experience Windsor Castle. Every year, thousands of guests come to Windsor Castle to catch a glimpse of its remarkable architecture in person. And, depending on the season, some even take tours of the grounds, state apartments, and more. Here’s a look inside the oldest inhabited castle in the world.
State apartments and semi-State rooms
Royal family fans can take a tour of the castle’s state apartments, which — per the Royal Collection Trust’s website — “are the grand sequence of rooms forming the centerpiece of the Castle.” Many of the state apartments feature elaborate ceiling murals, artifacts, and other royal treasures.
In addition to the State apartments, guests can also have a look at the semi-State rooms, which were once George IV’s private apartments. These are the most decorative rooms in the entire castle.
In addition to its fabulous decor, most state apartments feature incredible (and historical) artifacts. From renowned works of art to intricate china to Queen Mary’s dollhouse, there’s no shortage of regality at Windsor Castle. One of the most impressive facets of the tour? The collection of arms and armor in the Grand Vestibule.
The Grand Reception Room
The marvelous Grand Reception Room is also on the Windsor Castle tour and features stunning chandeliers and gilding. Once used as the castle’s ballroom, the Grand Reception Room suffered severe damage in a 1992 fire, but has since been restored to its (somewhat) original stature.
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