“Waterloo at Windsor : 1815 – 2015”

A special talk and visit to Windsor Castle on a Thursday in the second half of April at 11:30.

The battle of Waterloo was a milestone in European history. It ended over 20 years of conflict in Europe. It involved many nations and heralded over 50 years of peace and stability. The battle was the culmination of a long campaign, fought in Spain and Portugal, by the Duke of Wellington and his allied armies.

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the final 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 will combine a themed trail through the State Apartments with a display of prints, drawings and archival material that explores the battle and its aftermath. The trail will highlight 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.

Our visit began with an introductory talk on the exhibition in the Castle’s Winchester Tower and continued to the exhibition in the Drawings Gallery, before heading to the Waterloo Chamber and the rest of the State Apartments, which we explored at our own leisure.