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Waterloo at Windsor

1815-2015

Waterloo at Windsor at Windsor Castle until 6 January 2016
Waterloo at Windsor at Windsor Castle until 6 January 2016 ©

Windsor Castle

  • Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 - Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016

2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon.

In celebration of the allied victory, George IV created the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, a grand space filled with portraits of those instrumental in the victory, among them the Duke of Wellington.

Throughout 2015, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815–2015 combined a themed trail through the State Apartments with a display of prints, drawings and archival material that explored the battle and its aftermath.

The trail highlighted objects seized on the battlefield by the victors, including silver, furniture, weapons and the beautiful red cloak belonging to Napoleon, presented to George IV by Wellington's ally, Field-Marshal Gebhardt von Blücher.

In this short film Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, introduces the Waterloo Chamber, created at Windsor Castle following the great victory over Napoleon. The portraits adorning the walls of monarchs, warriors and diplomats were painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence and are a towering achievement of British art. Two hundred years later the room remains a symbol of royal magnificence and national celebration.

Events programme

Exhibition Highlights

Sèvres porcelain factory

Table of the Great Commanders

Thomas Chippendale the Younger (1749-1822)

Waterloo Chair

Map & directions

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station, London which is near Victoria station.

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.