Windsor Castle: Changing Hundreds Of Royal Clocks



Unlike Americans, who changed their clocks at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Standard Time, the British changed their clocks at 2 a.m. on October 25th, which moves them from British Summer Time (BST) back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For most British people, it was a simple and quick change, but not for Fjodor van den Broek, the horological conservator of the 900-year-old Windsor Castle. That’s because he had to change more than 400 clocks from the Royal Collect Trust, and he had do it all by hand. Fjodor spent about 16 hours over the weekend changing all 400 clocks on the Windsor estate, including about 250 in the castle itself, along with seven tower clocks. "People are still amazed that at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace there is a small time zone in the kitchens, where the clocks are always five minutes fast," said Fjodor. That’s so the food arrives on time. When he's not changing the clocks, Fjodor's job includes spending one full day a week winding up the mechanical clocks to keep their pendulums swinging. The rest of his week is spent in his workshop servicing and repairing clocks, many of which are 200 to 300 years old.