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Staff dust the chandeliers of Windsor Castle as it prepares to open the doors of its Semi-State Rooms

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Dusting the salons of HM! Windsor Castle staff carry backpack vacuums to clean chandeliers ahead of a six-month exhibition of the opulent Semi-State Rooms

  • Windsor Castle will open its Semi-State Rooms, including Crimson Drawing Room to the public tomorrow
  • Gilt bronze and cut glass chandeliers are carefully dusted by the staff in preparation for the opening of the rooms
  • They are believed to have been commissioned by George IV for the saloon in the Royal Pavilion in Brighton

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The Windsor Castle staff are cleaning up one last time this afternoon and will welcome the public tomorrow to the grandiose Semi-State Rooms.

Curators have been spotted with vacuum backpacks attending the impressive chandelier and candelabra in the Crimson Drawing Room. In the new six-month exhibition, the Green Drawing Room will also be open to royal fans from tomorrow.

The Royal Collection Trust provides the rooms, which are different from the private apartments of the Royal Family where the Royal Family reside in Windsor. Created for George IV, the Semi-State Rooms are among the most opulent in the castle’s design.

Suck it up! Royal staff – with backpack vacuum cleaners – are seen dusting the candlesticks of the Crimson Drawing Room at Windsor Castle as it prepares to open its Semi-State rooms to the public tomorrow

They are usually held for private events, but are open to the public from tomorrow until March for a special exhibition, and admission is included with a ticket to the castle.

The cut glass chandelier of the Crimson Drawing room may have been the chandelier originally commissioned by George IV when he was Prince Regent for the Saloon in the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

It was moved to different locations several times, until it was finally hung in the Crimson Drawing Room in 1939 by order of Queen Mary.

The fire of 1992 severely damaged the chandelier and so most of what can be seen today is modern restoration thanks to the work of the Royal Trust.

Photos released this afternoon showed staff carefully dusting the beautiful chandelier, which is made of gilt bronze and cut glass, before the rooms open.

You see an employee dusting the chandelier in the Crimson Drawing Room.  It is believed to have been commissioned by George IV when she was Prince Regent for the Saloon in the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton

You see an employee dusting the chandelier in the Crimson Drawing Room. It is believed to have been commissioned by George IV when she was Prince Regent for the Saloon in the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton

The Crimson Drawing Room is often used by the Queen for private events when she lives in Windsor.

The Green Drawing Room, meanwhile, was the setting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official wedding photos in May 2018.

When the Semi-State Rooms open tomorrow, visitors will be able to take in the beauty of the exquisite decor.

The Public State Apartments include the Grand Reception Room and St George’s Hall, where Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, introduced their son Archie to the world in May 2019.

These are separate from the Royal Family’s private apartments, where the 95-year-old Queen resides when she is in Windsor.

The Crimson Drawing room, pictured, is often used by the Queen for private events when she lives in Windsor.  The Semi-State Hall is open to the public until March

The Crimson Drawing room, pictured, is often used by the Queen for private events when she lives in Windsor. The Semi-State Hall is open to the public until March

The Green Drawing Room is also part of the new Windsor Castle tour.  It was the setting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding photos in 2018

The Green Drawing Room is also part of the new Windsor Castle tour. It was the setting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding photos in 2018

The rooms are said to be George IV’s last and most important commission – with the interior decoration at the time among the most elaborate and expensive in England.

The Royal Collection Trust has taken a financial hit as a result of the pandemic and is hoping for a boom in visitor numbers to boost its treasury.

Revenue comes from visitor access to tourist attractions such as Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the summer opening of Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh, and related retail sales.

The trust maintains and displays the large collection of royal artifacts, from works of art to furniture that the Queen has in safekeeping for her heirs and the nation, and carries out other charitable work.

Using a paintbrush, a staff member carefully inspects one of the Crimson Drawing room's candlesticks for tomorrow's opening

Using a paintbrush, a staff member carefully inspects one of the Crimson Drawing room’s candlesticks for tomorrow’s opening

The beautiful chandelier, pictured, requires painstaking and delicate work to ensure that the cut glass remains in lustrous condition.  It was hung in the Crimson Drawing room in 1939 and was badly damaged in the 1992 fire that destroyed Windsor Castle

The beautiful chandelier, pictured, requires painstaking and delicate work to ensure that the cut glass remains in lustrous condition. It was hung in the Crimson Drawing room in 1939 and was badly damaged in the 1992 fire that destroyed Windsor Castle

The rooms are said to be George IV's last and most important commission - with the interior decoration being one of the most elaborate and expensive in England at the time.

The rooms are said to be George IV’s last and most important commission – with the interior decoration being one of the most elaborate and expensive in England at the time.

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