Queen Elizabeth II Joined a Human Chain to Save Irreplaceable Valuables From the Windsor Fire in 1992

Queen Elizabeth II Joined a Human Chain to Save Irreplaceable Valuables From the Windsor Fire in 1992
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When a devastating fire destroyed part of Windsor Castle in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II joined emergency responders and castle staff in forming a human chain to retrieve invaluable artwork from inside. She later said the catastrophic blaze, which caused about 37 million pounds in damages to the centuries-old castle, was just one part of the worst year of her reign — her “annus horribilis,” or horrible year.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and their youngest son Prince Edward (center) at Snow Hill, Windsor Great Park, where the Queen lit a bonfire to mark the start of the Silver Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and their youngest son Prince Edward (center) | Ron Bell/PA Images/Getty Images

Windsor Castle: a brief history of the world’s oldest, largest inhabited castle

According to the Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle. William the Conqueror started the construction in 1070, and the palace was completed 16 years later. More than 40 monarchs, including Elizabeth, have lived in the castle since then.

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