Windsor Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in the world being used for over 900 years and the official residence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen usually spends her weekends at Windsor Castle but also uses the castle for some formal duties. Known as Ester Court The Queen spends a month (usually between March and April) at Windsor Castle during which she hosts a number of ‘dine and sleeps’ for guests which include members of political parties and public figures. Any new Knights of the Garter invested by The Queen in the throne room of Windsor Castle during a week in June every year. Along the walls of the throne room are portraits of all reigning monarchs from King George I to the present queen.
Windsor Castle is often used to host state visits such as visiting presidents and monarchs. Whenever this occurs, the visiting head(s) of state will be taken to the castle by horse drawn carriage with an awaiting guard of honour.
Extensive collections of books and royal records are housed at Windsor Castle along with state apartments and part of the Royal Collection. Parts of the castle are open to the public, more information on said openings can be found on the Royal Collection website.
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