Birth: Oct 14, 1024, Falise, Calvados, Normandy, France;
Death: Sep 9, 1087; Hermantruvilleby, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France;
Occupation: King of England from 1066 to 1087
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- King of England - Dates: 1066-1087
- Duke of Normandy - Dates: 1035-1087
William of Normandy (French: Guillaume de Normandie; c. 1028 – September 9, 1087), also known as William the Conqueror, ruled as the Duke of Normandy from 1035 to 1087 and as King of England from 1066 to 1087. William invaded England, won a victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and suppressed subsequent English revolts in what has become known as the Norman Conquest. No authentic portrait of William has been found. He was described as a big burly man, strong in every sense of the word, balding in front, and of regal dignity.
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Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, was first established by King William in the 1080s. It is still occupied by England's royal family. Queen Elizabeth II and her family are the current occupants.
The White Tower, the original stark, square fortress of the Tower of London, was built by King William.
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