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The Ghosts of Windsor Castle   by Stuart Bazga

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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 castle's gardens with "his trademark stag's 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.

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One of his wives, Anne Boleyn, has been seen standing at the window in the Dean's 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 Canon's 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 public's 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.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and I look forward to your company again in the not to distant future.

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About the Author: A Guide to Castles of Europe was born from childhood dreams and aspirations. It is my hope to educate and stimulate you into exploring these castles for yourselves.


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Holiday Inn Slough Windsor
Offering a warm welcome, outstanding service and friendly staff, the Holiday Inn Slough Windsor is a prefect place to reside for an wonderful vacation.  The Holiday Inn Slough Windsor is located in the heart of the Thames Valley and is only 20 miles from central London. This property is close to Windsor Castle, Lego land Windsor and many more attractions.  The inn features spacious rooms that are beautifully designed and well equipped with numerous amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.  The on-site restaurant serves a variety of international delectable and healthy food for you to dine in a comfortable atmosphere. You can also get relaxed at the bar with a refreshing cocktail during your stay.
Oakley Court Hotel Windsor
Oakley Court Hotel is one of the most popular and elegant Country House Hotels in Windsor. Whatever your purpose of visit maybe the team at Oakley Court will ensure it a success.  The hotel offers 118 air conditioned accommodation units ranging from spacious rooms to deluxe suites. Enjoy the elegant comforts, which await you no matter which kind of bedroom you choose. Each unit offers the classic understated style you would expect from a deluxe country house hotel.  Visit the Oakleaf restaurant that produce a gastronomic experience which is memorable and delightful. Later in the evening, you can also enjoy a nice drink with friends.
Mercure Castle Hotel Windsor
Set in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is close to Windsor Guildhall and Windsor Parish Church, as well as Windsor Castle. Other attractions include Legoland Windsor. Dining options at Mercure Castle Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include express check-out. There are 108 guestrooms at Mercure Castle Hotel. Bathrooms feature bathrobes. Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include desks, coffee/tea makers, blackout drapes/curtains, and trouser presses. Guests may request irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls
Sir Christopher Wren's House Hotel Windsor
Positioned between the banks of the Thames and the Windsor Castle, the Sir Christopher Wren's House Hotel and Spa is just few minutes drive from the Windsor Riverside Train Station and the London Heathrow Airport.  This property offers 96 prestigious accommodation units, where its suites and guestrooms combine elegance and class with the most exclusive and modern comforts.  Guests can enjoy a variety of modern European cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere of the on-site Strok's Restaurant. The Martini Bar is an ideal place for you to relax with a cool exotic drink, after a tiring day.
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