So, who lives in Windsor Castle? Windsor Castle hosts several departments of the Royal Household and is home to approximately 150 residents.

The community includes the head of the Castle, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle; the Dean of Windsor, Canons, and other staff of the College of St George; the Military Knights of Windsor; the Superintendent of Windsor Castle and his team; the Housekeeper and her staff; as well as soldiers who maintain a permanent military guard. 

Here at Ditton Manor we’re just minutes from this historic place, and we can’t wait to share more of our knowledge and delve deeper into this topic. Read on to find out more!

Old photo of Windsor Castle in England

Does The Royal Family Live In Buckingham Palace Or Windsor Castle?

Before our late Queens sad passing in 2022, Queen Elizabeth II spent a lot of time at Windsor Castle. 

Ownership of the fortress then passed to King Charles who although not residing there, remains the rightful owner of the Windsor Estate as long as he is the Sovereign.

Since 1837, Buckingham Palace in central London has been the official residence of the monarch.

Aerial view of Windsor Castle in Berkshire

Who Lives In Windsor Castle? | FAQs

Which royals lived in Windsor Castle?

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and has been home to 39 monarchs over it’s 900 years history. While William the Conqueror who originally built the castle did not reside there he used it instead as a defensive base. Many members of the Royal Family and Monarchs lived in Windsor Castle at various points including: Henry I, Henry II, Henry III, Edward III, Henry V, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, Charles II, Queen Anne, George III, George IV, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II.

How do you know if the royals are at Windsor Castle?

The Royal Standard is displayed exclusively when the Sovereign is in residence. If Buckingham Palace is flying the Union Jack instead it signifies that The King is not present.

Do staff live at Windsor Castle?

Yes, approximately 150 staff members live at Windsor Castle. They ensure the smooth running and protection of the castle.