The Crown explained: How did the fire at Windsor Castle start?


Members of the Royal Family, royal staff, soldiers and firefighters all helped to save precious artworks and antiquities as the flames raged through the castle.

Miraculously, only a handful of pieces from the extensive art collection were destroyed, a large painting by Sir William Beechey and a rosewood sideboard couldn’t be removed in time, according to the Royal Collection Trust.

A total of 200 firefighters and 25 officers were brought on to tackle the fire before it was deemed to be under control.

The fire lasted for 15 hours and was finally extinguished at 2.30am on November 21 and firefighters from seven different counties (London, Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire) were battling to stop the raging inferno.