The Queen Just Gave Us a Rare Glimpse Inside Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II just hosted the chancellor of Germany at her residence in Windsor Castle, and along the way, she offered an exclusive peek inside the historic building.

An image of Her Royal Majesty was shared on the royal family Instagram account, where they said, “Today, Her Majesty The Queen received the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel. The Audience took place in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle.”

The queen was seen sporting a bright, floral patterned dress, while Dr. Merkel wore a blue button-up top. However, it was the view behind the two longtime leaders that caught our eye. In the background, a rare glimpse of the residence is visible, where viewers can see an ornate lobby, featuring a marble statue perched on a stand between two doorways.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Queen Elizabeth took refuge at the castle with her late husband, Prince Philip. The 900-year-old fortress acts as a private residence, as well as a public space for Her Majesty, and tours are available to the public.

But for those who can't make it out to the English county of Berkshire, the family offers a virtual tour on their website, where visitors can see panoramic views of the Waterloo Chamber, the Crimson Drawing Room and the State Banquet.

However, the Oak Room is one of the areas that is not featured on the virtual tour, and we loved the chance to see another peek inside the place that Queen Elizabeth calls home. It makes sense that we don't recognize the space, given that Windsor Castle covers over 13,000 acres and it holds around 1,000 rooms, according to Reader's Digest.

We hope to see more glimpses of the breathtaking residence in the future.

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