Press releases

Appointment of new Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, The Royal Collection

Release date: 
Friday, 17 December 2004

Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mr Desmond Shawe-Taylor to the position of Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures. Mr Shawe-Taylor, who is currently Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, will join the Royal Collection as Surveyor Designate in April 2005 and will succeed Christopher Lloyd on Mr Lloyd's retirement in July. ... Read more about Appointment of new Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, The Royal Collection

Exhibitions and Displays 2005

Release date: 
Monday, 13 December 2004

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

George III and Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Until 9 January 2005

This major exhibition is the first ever to focus on both George III and his consort, Queen Charlotte, as collectors and to explore their encouragement of the arts. It examines their close association with leading artists and entrepreneurs during one of the most creative periods in British history, which saw the foundation of such bodies as the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Society of Arts. ... Read more about Exhibitions and Displays 2005

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's 'White Wardrobe' to be shown at Buckingham Palace next Summer

Release date: 
Monday, 13 December 2004

Release date: Monday, 13 December 2004

The 'White Wardrobe' designed for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Norman Hartnell will be the centrepiece of a special exhibition at the 2005 Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (30 July - 27 September 2005). The theme of the exhibition will be the State Visit to France made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in July 1938. ... Read more about Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's 'White Wardrobe' to be shown at Buckingham Palace next Summer

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's 'White Wardrobe' to be shown at Buckingham Palace next Summer

Release date: 
Monday, 13 December 2004

The 'White Wardrobe' designed for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Norman Hartnell will be the centrepiece of a special exhibition at the 2005 Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (30 July - 27 September 2005). The theme of the exhibition will be the State Visit to France made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in July 1938. Spectacular diamond jewellery worn by Queen Elizabeth with Hartnell's creations and many of the magnificent gifts presented to the King and Queen by President and Madame Lebrun on behalf of the people of France will be included in the display. The soft and impeccably elegant Hartnell look, immortalised in Cecil Beaton's famous series of photographs, was to be the hallmark of Queen Elizabeth's style for the rest of her life. ... Read more about Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's 'White Wardrobe' to be shown at Buckingham Palace next Summer

Enchanting the Eye: Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age

Release date: 
Wednesday, 24 November 2004

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

14 May - 7 November 2004

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
February - November 2005 ... Read more about Enchanting the Eye: Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age

New Publication from the Royal Collection

Release date: 
Monday, 23 August 2004

Developing the Picture: Queen Alexandra and the Art of Photography

By Frances Dimond
Published by Royal Collection Publications, 4 October 2004 ... Read more about New Publication from the Royal Collection

A glittering banquet at Windsor Castle

Release date: 
Monday, 19 July 2004

The magnificent banquet given by Queen Victoria for Emperor Nicholas I of Russia has inspired a dazzling new display at Windsor Castle, where an important group of silver-gilt from the Grand Service in the Royal Collection goes on show to the public for the first time. Undoubtedly the finest and most spectacular group of silver-gilt dining plate in existence, the Service was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria's flamboyant uncle, George IV. ... Read more about A glittering banquet at Windsor Castle

Royal Collection Trust Annual Report published

Release date: 
Tuesday, 29 June 2004

Despite another challenging year for the tourism industry, the Royal Collection Trust was able to make substantial investments in visitor services across all sites, as recorded in its Annual Report 2003-2004. Over the past twelve months, guided and audio tours have been introduced, education and family programmes expanded, and the first catering facility at an official residence of The Queen opened at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. ... Read more about Royal Collection Trust Annual Report published

First holographic portrait of The Queen to be shown at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Release date: 
Thursday, 24 June 2004

EQUANIMITY, the first holographic portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, will be displayed at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from 17 July until 3 October 2004. The work was unveiled at The Jersey Museum, St Helier, on 22 June by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. ... Read more about First holographic portrait of The Queen to be shown at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

This year's Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace has a musical accompaniment

Release date: 
Tuesday, 27 April 2004

From command performances to costume balls, musical entertainment at Buckingham Palace will be the focus of a special display at this year's Summer Opening of the State Rooms (31 July - 26 September 2004). Historic fancy-dress costumes, musical instruments and manuscripts, photographs and souvenirs will be shown in the magnificent surroundings of the Ball Supper Room, which itself has been the setting for many glittering events in the Palace's history. ... Read more about This year's Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace has a musical accompaniment

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