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Five things you should know about Windsor's White Drawing Room

Natalie Cornish
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From House Beautiful

Windsor Castle's White Drawing Room was the setting for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's official wedding photos, but they're not the only famous faces to be photographed here. This is what you need to know about the regal room...

1. The White Room is one of three semi-state rooms in Windsor Castle

The two others are the Green Room (where Harry and Meghan posed for their official wedding pictures) and the Crimson Room. All three were commissioned and designed by George IV (1762–1830). He was renowned for his love of fine objects and opulent design. The interiors were decorated by Morel & Seddon, with a selection of furnishings, fittings and some of the finest 18th and early-19th century French works of art taken from Carlton House, George IV's former London residence.

2. The Queen regularly hosts small engagements in the White Room

She also receives guests here, such as ambassadors and diplomats, for her 'audiences' where she's kept up to date with goings-on around the Commonwealth.

3. There are two White Drawing Rooms

One at Windsor and one at Buckingham Palace. The Buckingham Palace White Drawing Room boasts a hidden door disguised as a mirror and cabinet which Her Majesty enters through before receiving guests. It's also provided the backdrop for her Christmas Speech.

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4. Princess Eugenie wasn't the first royal to have her wedding photos taken in this room

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also opted for the Windsor White Room for their official wedding portraits in 2005. How young do William and Harry look? Prince William was also photographed here – flanked by Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and other members of the wider royal family – after his confirmation in 1997.

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5. A fire almost destroyed the White Room

In late November 1992, a fire broke out in the Queen's Chapel and tore through all three drawing rooms. Luckily the 62 carved, gilded wooden panels spread across the three rooms were unscathed, but it took four years to restore the rooms to their former glory.

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6. You can have your photograph taken in the White Room, too

All three of the semi-suites are open to the public between spring and autumn.


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