For the first time, female choristers are welcomed into Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.

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For the first time, female choristers are welcomed into Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.

For the first time in its 674-year history, the Queen has agreed to allow female choristers into St George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle.

From September next year, girls will begin singing lessons at the historic location, which has hosted royal weddings and funerals for centuries.

The chapel was founded by King Edward III in 1348 and is the home of the Order of the Garter, whose ranks will be bolstered later this year by the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Tony Blair, and Labour peer Baroness Amos.

Accepting female choristers will contribute to the College of St George’s efforts to improve equality and diversity, as well as provide opportunities for them to attend St George’s School, Windsor Castle, as boarders.

A spokeswoman for St George’s said the decision was made by the chapel authorities, but that they had consulted the Queen, who had agreed to the change.

“We wouldn’t dream of not talking to our neighbors about it,” she said. Although boys have been singing at religious services in England for over 1,100 years, Salisbury Cathedral was the first to admit female choristers in 1991.

In English cathedrals, they outnumbered boys by 2019, but St George’s took longer to adjust.

“We believe it is right to include both boys and girls as participants in the great choral tradition of English Church music,” the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner, said. The choir can accommodate up to 23 choristers at any given time, ranging in age from seven to thirteen.

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