Queen and Philip’s Windsor Castle heartbreak on anniversary

Windsor Castle renovation caused 'outrage' says royal expert

Tonight, Channel 5 is airing the third episode of ‘Secrets of the Royal Palaces’, which will feature the iconic Windsor Castle. The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, Windsor suffered a devastating fire nearly 29 years ago. The fire ravaged the great building for 15 hours, destroying 115 rooms including nine state rooms.

More than 200 firefighters from seven countries battled with the flames with 36 pumps and using 1.5 million gallons of water.

Luckily, most of the artwork in these rooms were saved by groups of people removing them from the path of the fire before it reached them, but large parts of the actual structure of the building were severely damaged from fire, smoke and water damage.

What’s more, all this happened on the Queen and Philip’s 45th anniversary on November 20, 1992.

While the royal couple should have been marking the incredible date, they were instead standing in the grounds of Windsor Castle watching their beloved home burn.

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queen elizabeth ii prince philipThe Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in 2020 (Image: GETTY)

windsor castle fireWindsor Castle ablaze in 1992 (Image: GETTY)

The fire originally started in Queen Victoria’s Private Chapel, where a faulty spotlight ignited a curtain next to the altar.

Within minutes, the blaze was unstoppable and had spread to St George’s Hall next door.

It was first spotted around 11:30am and the fire brigade were called.

The fire break at the end of St George’s Hall remained unbreached, so the Royal Library was saved, but in the other direction, the blaze continued to spread and staff were busy removing art before it reached them.

st george's hallSt George's Hall in ruins after the fire (Image: GETTY)

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