Talk:Windsor Castle

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square footage?[edit]

What is the square footage of the castle and its surrounding Home Park? Where is this in the article? (talk) 19:30, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

The area of Windsor Castle grounds is 5.3 hectares (13 acres) but Windsor Great Park is considerably larger. Look under "Architecture." and "Park and landscape." (By the way, as the Royal website gave these areas in hectares, shouldn't this article put the hectares first?) Michael Glass (talk) 00:57, 25 March 2015 (UTC)


@Celia Homeford: Re [1], "The Crown" is ambiguous because it could be taken to mean that the castle is owned by a government department (i.e. what most people regard as "the state"). See Using the Building Regulations: Administrative Procedures by Mike Billington, Routledge, 2006, pp. 62–63. Quote: "According to the Building Act 1984, a Crown building is defined as 'a building in which there is a Crown interest or a Duchy interest'. Crown interest means 'an interest belonging to Her Majesty in right of the Crown, or belonging to a government department, or held in trust for Her Majesty for the purposes of a government department'".

Windsor Castle is royal property owned by the sovereign and passes directly from one sovereign to the next as an heirloom by "custom immemorial" (not parliamentary statute). "In right of the Crown" means due to his or her position as sovereign. In practice, it means that a sovereign forfeits ownership of the castle if he or she abdicates.

Since the monarch is the legal personification of the state, you could say that the state owns Windsor Castle, but that would be confusing too because, as above, people tend to think of the government and civil service as being "the state". The idea that "the people" are "the state" has also gained momentum in recent years (Searching for the State in British Legal Thought: Competing Conceptions of the Public Sphere by Janet McLean, Cambridge University Press, 2012, p. 292.).

"Queen Elizabeth II in right of the Crown" distinguishes royal property from government property. Firebrace (talk) 18:04, 22 November 2016 (UTC)


I know that some people may think that the Van Dyke Room, (formerly known as the Queen's Ballroom) is the castle's main ballroom. But it is not. The Grand Reception Room is also known as the ballroom. You can look it up on -- (talk) 23:22, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

The Grand Reception Room is a ballroom, but it is not called "The Ballroom". When your house contains several ballrooms, it becomes necessary to distinguish them by other names, such as "Waterloo Chamber", "Van Dyke Room", and "Grand Reception Room". You've confused the name of the room with its type. DrKay (talk) 06:28, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Wow. The castle actually does have 3 ballrooms? Apparently Buckingham Palace only has one. Still though, they should still add ballroom to the name, like perhaps "Grand Reception Ballroom". Also, the Waterloo Chamber is also known as the Waterloo Gallery and the Grand Dining Room. -- (talk) 17:13, 13 August 2017 (UTC)