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Princess Elizabeth & Philip Mountbatten

20 November 1947

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Windsor Castle fire: 25 years on

On 20 November 1992, Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Europe and one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II, suffered extensive damage in a huge fire. 

The fire began in the Queen’s private chapel at around 11:30 a.m. and the blaze quickly spread to the neighbouring Brunswick Tower, St George’s Hall banqueting space and the private apartments in the eastern wing of the building. The main fire burned for almost 12 hours, causing severe damage and making headline news across the world.

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“1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an 'Annus Horribilis'”

Queen Elizabeth II

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