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High Clean at Windsor Castle

Release date: Thursday, 19 January 2017

Armour being cleaned at Windsor Castle

Armour being cleaned at Windsor Castle ©

Windsor Castle's State Apartments have been closed to the public recently as part of the annual 'High Clean'. This work is essential for conserving and protecting the Castle’s interior and works of art from the Royal Collection. Over a two-week period the State Apartments are cleaned from floor to ceiling, in advance of re-opening to the public on Saturday, 21 January 2017. 

The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto.  Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the Kings and Queens who have lived at Windsor.

These photographs show some of the objects being cleaned.

Chandelier being cleaned at Windsor Castle

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A cut glass chandelier in the Waterloo Chamber is cleaned by expert staff at Windsor Castle. The chandelier, one of five in the Waterloo Chamber, dates from 1862 and was made by the Birmingham glass makers F and C Osler, thought to have been commissioned by Queen Victoria.

Armour clean at Windsor Castle

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Castle Attendants dust the suits of armour on the Grand Staircase.

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The paintings are also carefully cleaned in each room. 

Windsor Castle has been the home of 39 monarchs, and the appearance of the State Apartments today reflects the changing tastes of the Castle’s royal occupants, particularly Charles II (r.1660-85) and George IV (r.1820-30). Visit the Castle to explore the State Apartments in person.