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Windsor Castle and the Ghosts

Windsor Castle and the Long Walk

Windsor Castle from the Air. Photo. Mark S Jobling

Windsor Castle is one of the largest and most magnificant royal residences in the world. It is situated in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire on the bank of the Thames. The site was purchased by William the conqueror from the monks of  Westmin-
ster Abbey. He built a castle here.Edward III erected a massive round tower which still stands, and later monarchs made many additions. Extensive improve ments begun in the reign of George IV were completed in the reign of Queen Victoria.The buildings
may be said to be grouped in three portions: the middle ward containing the Round Tower; the lower ward on the west con-
taining St.George's Chapel, the houses of the military knights, cloisters, etc; and the upper ward on the east containing the
state apartments, the private apartments of the sovereign and the visitors apartments.
Beneath St. George's Chapel are buried Edward IV, Henry VI, Henry VIII and Jane Seymore, Charles I, George III and his queen,
and many other members of the royal family.

The Ghosts of Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is one of the many homes of the present Queen of England, several of her royal ancestors, and "non-royal"
spirits, one of whom, according to legend was an ancient Saxon hunter named Herne, who was renowned thought out the area
for his outstanding hunting abilities. One story tells of Herne, as one of the Royal keepers for King Richard II (1367-1400), who
was hated by the other keepers for his extraordinary skills. One day the King was in danger of being trampled by an incensed
stag while hunting and how Herne putting himself between the King and the stag was mortally wounded.
In the last 250 years, hundreds of people have claimed to have seen his spirit, often accompanied by his pack of hounds. In the
early 1860's the tree from which he was found hanging, was cut down, and Queen Victoria kept the oak logs for her fire "To help
kill the ghost". Her plan didn't work however.
Other legends tell of witchcraft and suicide, and a demonic horned being upon whose appearance brings illness and misfortune
to all who see him, especially the Royal family. He can be seen in Windsor castleís gardens with "his trademark stagís head."
King Henry VIII has been seen walking the hallways of Windsor Castle. His footsteps, along with agonizing moans, have been
heard by many guests of the castle.
One of his wives, Anne Boleyn, has been seen standing at the window in the Deanís Cloister, as well as, Queen Elizabeth I.
Queen Elizabeth I has also been seen in the Royal Library. She has been seen walking from one room to another. She is always dressed in a black gown with a black lace shawl draped over her shoulders.
King Charles I has been seen many times in the library and the Canonís house, and although he was beheaded during
the English Revolution, his ghost is seen as a whole. It is said he looks exactly like his portraits.King George III had many bouts
with mental deterioration. During these times he was kept out of the publicís eye. He can be seen looking out the windows located below the Royal Library where he was confined during the recurrence of his illness.
The first Duke of Buckingham, Sir George Villiers, is said to haunt one of the bedrooms of Windsor castle. And many spirits haunt the Long Walk, one of whom is a young solider who shot himself after, while on his guard watch, saw marble statues moving "of
their own accord." His ghost has seen by other soldiers on guard duty afterwards.

By Stuart Bazga.