Windsor Great Park fire sparked by Duke of Edinburgh order

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The Duke had seen the recently felled 10sq ft wood during a carriage drive and declared it a "bloody eyesore" for visitors coming through the nearby Blacknest Gate.

But when Crown Estate staff tried to clear the site by dousing the woodpile with petrol and setting it alight, they came close to disaster.

Fifteen-foot flames risked spreading to Windsor Great Park's famous oaks in the southern area of the Royal estate, near to Ascot.

Unable to control the blaze themselves, staff were forced to call the fire brigade, which spent close to two hours fighting the fire.

The blaze will have brought back unhappy memories for members of the Royal Household.

In 1992, the Queen's favourite castle was badly damaged by fire after a halogen lamp set fire to a curtain.

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