Exhibitions and Displays 2003

Release date: Friday, 20 December 2002

Royal Treasures: A Golden Jubilee Celebration

An Exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Extended until 2 March 2003
Highlights from Royal Treasures will remain on show until 1 February 2004. The drawings and watercolours from the exhibition will be on display until 27 April 2003.... Read more about Exhibitions and Displays 2003

Her Majesty The Queen Inaugurates New Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh

Release date: Tuesday, 12 November 2002

The new Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, inaugurated by Her Majesty The Queen on 29 November 2002, opens its doors to the public the following day, St Andrew's Day. Built in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon's School, the £3 million Gallery provides purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities to enable exhibitions of the most delicate works of art from the Royal Collection to be shown in Scotland for the first time. The bold transformation of the two buildings has been designed by Edinburgh-based Benjamin Tindall Architects.... Read more about Her Majesty The Queen Inaugurates New Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh

The Christmas Tree Returns to its Roots at Windsor Castle

Release date: Sunday, 10 November 2002

A seven-metre Christmas tree, organically grown in Windsor Great Park, will take up residence in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle for visitors to enjoy from 9 December until 5 January, Twelfth Night. The Castle is closely associated with the tradition of the Christmas tree, which was probably introduced to England at Windsor towards the end of the 18th century by Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. ... Read more about The Christmas Tree Returns to its Roots at Windsor Castle

Scotland's Largest Leonardo Exhibition Launches New Queen's Gallery

Release date: Tuesday, 5 November 2002

The opening of the new Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is celebrated with the largest exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci ever held in Scotland and the first to focus on the artist's life-long obsession with the human form. All the 73 works in the exhibition come from the Royal Collection, which holds the world's finest group of Leonardo's drawings. ... Read more about Scotland's Largest Leonardo Exhibition Launches New Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh to Open on 30th November 2002

Release date: Thursday, 8 August 2002

The new Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will be inaugurated by Her Majesty The Queen on 29 November 2002 and opens its doors to the public the following day, St Andrew's Day. Built in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon's School, the £3 million Gallery provides purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities to enable exhibitions of the most delicate works of art from the Royal Collection to be shown in Scotland for the first time. The bold transformation of the two buildings has been designed by Edinburgh-based Benjamin Tindall Architects. ... Read more about The Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh to Open on 30th November 2002

'Gilt and Gorgeousness': George IV's Private Apartments at Windsor Open to the Public

Release date: Wednesday, 7 August 2002

The magnificent private apartments created by King George IV at Windsor Castle re-open to the public on 28 September. Considered to be the among the greatest royal commissions and the finest late Georgian interiors in the country, these rooms (known as the Semi-State Rooms) are now used by The Queen for official entertaining and are added to the Castle's visitor route during the autumn and winter months. ... Read more about 'Gilt and Gorgeousness': George IV's Private Apartments at Windsor Open to the Public

Dolls for the Princesses: The Story of France and Marianne

Release date: Wednesday, 7 August 2002

By Faith Eaton, with a foreword by Suzy Menkes
Published by the Royal Collection

The dolls France and Marianne and their magnificent 360-piece trousseau were given to the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose in 1938 to mark the State Visit to France by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. ... Read more about Dolls for the Princesses: The Story of France and Marianne

Leonardo Draws the Crowds

Release date:Sunday, 7 July 2002

The Royal Collection's touring exhibition of ten drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has attracted record audiences. Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection: A Golden Jubilee Celebration opened in February at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, which experienced a 465% increase in visitor numbers over the exhibition's two-month run. At the next location, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, attendances of 30,000 almost matched the Gallery's average annual total.... Read more about Leonardo Draws the Crowds

Royal Collection Trust Annual Report Published

Release date: Monday, 1 July 2002

The Queen's Golden Jubilee is being celebrated by the Royal Collection with three major public projects, as recorded in the Royal Collection Trust's Annual Report 2001-2002. The first of these, the highly acclaimed new Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, has attracted a capacity audience since its inaugural exhibition, Royal Treasures: A Golden Jubilee Celebration, opened to the public on 22 May. This week saw the completion of the Jubilee Garden at Windsor Castle, which has transformed the public entrance to the Castle into a green and welcoming approach, and the year will end with the opening of The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.... Read more about Royal Collection Trust Annual Report Published

Golden Jubilee Year's Buckingham Palace Summer Opening to Mark 50 Years of State Visits

Release date: Saturday, 1 June 2002

During the 50 years of her reign, The Queen has travelled further than any monarch in history, circling the globe several times. Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty has made 76 State Visits abroad and 149 visits to Commonwealth countries. During the same period she has received 75 foreign Heads of State on visits to this country. To mark the important principle of friendship that underlies such occasions, an exchange of gifts is always made. At the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (5 August - 29 September) over 200 State gifts will be brought together for a special exhibition in the magnificent Ball Supper Room, open in its entirety for the first time.... Read more about Golden Jubilee Year's Buckingham Palace Summer Opening to Mark 50 Years of State Visits