Inside Windsor Castle Episode 4 (Channel 5, May 18, 2024)

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Channel 5’s Inside Windsor Castle continues with its fourth episode, airing on May 18, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. The documentary series pulls back the curtain on the renowned royal residence, offering fascinating insights into the lives of Britain’s royal family.

In this installment, the program explores the significant role that Windsor Castle played during key historical events, including World War I and World War II. It also delves into the castle’s connection to a pivotal moment in the monarchy’s history: the abdication of Edward VIII. Once a playboy prince, Edward VII transformed Windsor into his ultimate party palace. JJ Chalmers uncovers the story of a grand celebration that saw 8,000 revelers on the East Lawns, with some guests even taking castle cutlery as souvenirs.

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The episode also examines the impact of the First World War on the royal family and how the castle provided a much-needed rapid rebrand for the monarchy. Additionally, it sheds light on the little-known but crucial part that Windsor played in a royal romance that would shake the monarchy—the relationship between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. The program reveals that the couple had a love nest within the Windsor Estate and that it was here that Edward, after just 325 days on the throne, made the momentous decision to abdicate, choosing love over the crown.

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The episode also explores Windsor Castle’s significance during World War II, when it provided shelter to a young Princess Elizabeth. Raksha Dave offers a glimpse into the late Queen’s teenage years and reveals a more playful side of her life within the castle walls.

Inside Windsor Castle: Episode 4 airs Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 5.

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