Royal Archives at Windsor Castle reveal secrets of the Royal Family

Britain magazine
Account books for works at Windsor Castle undertaken during the reign of Charles II, 1676-87

To celebrate turning 100 this year, the Royal Archives will display a selection of its treasures at Windsor, providing invaluable insight into the lives of the British Monarchy.

Britain magazine
Account books for works at Windsor Castle undertaken during the reign of Charles II, 1676-87

This May Windsor Castle will open its doors to the public, revealing some never-before-seen treasures from the British Monarchy’s archive collection.

The Royal Archives, a collection of diaries, personal correspondences, speeches and other treasures that offer a real glimpse into the lives of the Royal Family, have been kept in the Round Tower of Windsor Castle since 1914.

Among the exhibits is one of the many love letters between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, on show for the first time. More formal correspondences, such as those between heads of states, will also be displayed.

The collection was created after the death of Queen Victoria, who was renowned for writing letters throughout her life and rule. Lord Esher was appointed as the first Keeper of the Archives during King Edward VI’s reign and finally in 1914 the archive was given a permanent home in the Round Tower of Windsor castle under the reign of King George V.

The exhibition Treasures from the Royal Archives will run from 17 May 2014 to 25 January 2015 at Windsor Castle.

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