Published on October 12th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
The Royal Wedding: 5 Facts About St George’s Chapel
Today marks the second Royal Wedding to take place in 2018, when Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena marries Jack Brooksbank in a grand ceremony at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. But this iconic venue plays host to some fascinating history that you may not realise at first!
After becoming engaged during January this year whilst on holiday in Nicaragua, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will walk down the isle of St George’s Chapel today. A predicted 850 people will attend the event which takes place in a location rich in tradition and royalty. Earlier this year, the very same venue was used for Prince Harry’s marriage to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, meaning St George’s Chapel remains very prestigious indeed! To celebrate this second wonderous occasion of the year, here are 5 facts you may not know about today’s wedding venue.
The Spiritual Home of the Order of the Garter
Our first fascinating fact is that St George’s Chapel is known as the spiritual home for the Order of the Garter. The Order of the Garter is an order of chivalry which was established by Edward II in 1348. In fact, every June, a procession of the Garter Day takes place at Windsor Castle. The same procession is accompanied by Officers of the Order and by a marching band. The Officers of the Order will attend alongside the Royal Family and The Queen, whilst sporting grand ceremonial dress.
Host to a Large Number of Royal Weddings
St George’s Chapel has been used to celebrate a large number of Royal Family marriages. The very first to take place at the venue was when Princess Alexandra of Denmark married King Edward VII in the year 1863. Following this was the blessing service between Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles which was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Then 2008 saw Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, the son of Princess Anne, wed Autumn Kelly (now Autumn Phillips). Lastly, the most recent wedding to take place in the grand halls of St George’s Chapel was Prince Harry to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Their ceremony took place back in May this year.
Royal Baptisms and Confirmations
Interestingly, St George’s Chapel has also been the venue for a Royal baptism and a confirmation. Prince Harry was christened in the chapel in 1984 when he was three months old. More than a decade after this, Prince William’s confirmation took place at St George’s Chapel in 1997.
St George’s Chapel is Open to the Public
Once thing that most people may not realise is that St George’s Chapel is open to the public. Visitors can attend the chapel when Royal occasions are not taking place in the grounds. There are usually services every day, including a sung service which takes place at 5.15pm. Called Evensong, the service is common amongst most Cathedrals within in Britain. St George’s Chapel even has its own choir, much like any other traditional Church.
Upon the Grounds of the Oldest and Largest Inhabited Castle in the World
Our last fact of intrigue is based on the residence of which St George’s Chapel is contained within, Windsor Castle. The castle is known as one of the oldest and largest inhabited castles in the world. It has been the family home for Britain’s Kings and Queens for almost 1,000 years! The original castle was built in the 11th century. It was constructed after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. And since the time of Henry I, it has been used by all monarchs. It is also known to be the longest-occupied palace in Europe.
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