Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 03 March |
Saint of the Day: St. Katharine Drexel
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

Tour the beautiful St. George’s Chapel before the Royal Wedding (PHOTOS)

ROYAL WEDDING,ST GEORGE CHAPEL

Shutterstock

Cerith Gardiner - published on 05/17/18

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in the historic, originally Catholic, chapel this Saturday.

This Saturday, May 19, an impressive 2 billion people round the globe are expected to tune in to the royal wedding, according to ABC News in Australia. While many people will be admiring Meghan Markle’s wedding dress and the usual pomp and ceremony surrounding such an occasion, many eyes will be drawn to the beautiful 500-year-old St. George’s Chapel that stands on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

To call the impressive Gothic edifice a chapel feels a bit of an understatement. St. George’s chapel is more on the “cozy” side for such a royal event, holding just 800 people, compared to the weddings of Harry’s brother William to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, which seats 2,000, or his father Prince Charles’s marriage to Princess Diana at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which can welcome an impressive 3,500 guests.

Yet, the royal wedding gives us a rare opportunity to see this place of worship in all its glory.

A chapel steeped in history

ROYAL WEDDING,ST GEORGE CHAPEL
Shutterstock
ROYAL WEDDING,ST GEORGE CHAPEL
Shutterstock

The chapel, located in the quaint town of Windsor, 22 miles from central London, was established in the 14th century under the reign of the Catholic king Edward III, when he founded St. George’s religious college at Windsor. The royal chapel underwent much work and expansion over the following centuries and was only completed when Henry VIII, the Tudor king renowned for his rejection of the Catholic Church and for his six wives, came to the throne. In fact the infamous king is buried in the chapel alongside his third and most beloved wife, Jane Seymour, who died in childbirth.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
Tags:
ChurchHistoryWeddings
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
2
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
3
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
5
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
6
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
7
Gelsomino Del Guercio
7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of S...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.