The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life

Release date: Thursday, 18 December 2008

A fascinating insight into high-society style and manners, from the time of Charles I to the reign of Queen Victoria, is presented in the exhibition
The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life. Typically a Conversation Piece shows a family group or a gathering of friends participating in informal activities – perhaps at a tea-party, on a fishing trip or at a dining club. While a portrait primarily records the sitter’s appearance, the Conversation Piece depicts their way of life.... Read more about The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life

Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition

The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle
8 April 2009 - 18 April 2010

A special exhibition to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne will be shown at Windsor Castle, the monarch’s one-time home and final resting place. Henry VIII was proclaimed king on 23 April 1509, just before his 18th birthday, and reigned for almost 38 years, until his death in 1547. ... Read more about Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition

Queen Victoria's sleigh goes on display for the first time at Windsor Castle

Release date: Wednesday, 10 December 2008

To mark the festive season, Queen Victoria’s winter sleigh goes on public display for the first time at Windsor Castle, from 9 December until 12 January. It will be on view in St George’s Hall alongside the traditional Christmas tree from Windsor Great Park.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent many Christmases at the Castle, and the queen often enjoyed sleigh rides around Windsor during the winter months. The royal sleigh, built by the carriage-makers Hooper & Co. is painted red and gold, and lined with red velvet. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, Prince Albert drove the sleigh, which was pulled by a pair of horses with harnesses decorated with ostrich plumes and silver bells. The grooms and outriders who accompanied the royal couple were dressed in scarlet livery. The children travelled in a smaller sleigh, pulled by a pony.... Read more about Queen Victoria's sleigh goes on display for the first time at Windsor Castle

Historic Scottish book goes on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

A 15th-century manuscript, probably one of the earliest Scottish bindings to have survived, will go on show at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh from 5 November. The Holyrood Ordinal was produced for use in Holyrood Abbey, the Augustinian abbey founded by David I in 1128. Today only the nave of the Abbey Church survives as a picturesque ruin at the north-east corner of the Palace. ... Read more about Historic Scottish book goes on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Christmas gifts for all the family from the Royal Collection

If you are searching for that extra-special Christmas present, the Royal Collection offers a host of original ideas.

Treat friends or family to a Private Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace. In the company of an expert guide, they will explore the Palace’s nineteen State Rooms, which are regularly used by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining. Here they can feast their eyes on the treasures from the Royal Collection, including world-famous paintings by Rembrandt and Canaletto. ... Read more about Christmas gifts for all the family from the Royal Collection

A host of new group visits launched by the Royal Collection

The Royal Collection will be at World Travel Market as part of the Heritage in Britain group to launch next year’s special exhibitions and an exciting new programme of group visits to the Official Residences of The Queen. Announced to coincide with World Travel Market, guided tours of the famous garden at Buckingham Palace will be available for the first time ever next year.... Read more about A host of new group visits launched by the Royal Collection

Windsor Castle has a Victorian theme this Christmas

Celebrate the festive season in style with a visit to Windsor Castle. This year there is a Victorian theme to the special Christmas displays and activities.
From 8 December, the Castle’s Christmas tree from Windsor Great Park will go on display in St George’s Hall. Windsor is closely associated with the tradition of the Christmas tree, and Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, is credited with popularising tree decorations. The baubles and crowns that adorn the Castle’s tree today are exclusive to the Royal Collection and can be purchased from the on-site shops, along with a range of luxury seasonal foods.... Read more about Windsor Castle has a Victorian theme this Christmas

Tours of Buckingham Palace Garden launched for 2009

Guided tours of the garden at Buckingham Palace will be available to the general public for the first time ever next year. Described as ‘a walled oasis in the middle of London’, the 16-hectare (39-acre) garden is the largest private garden in the capital and boasts more than 350 types of wild flower, over 150 mature trees and a 1.2-hectare (3-acre) lake. For over 200 years it has been used by the Royal Family for official entertaining and celebratory events. It was the venue for the Golden Jubilee concerts in 2002 and the Children’s Party at the Palace in 2006 to mark Her Majesty’s 80th birthday, and every summer it is the setting for The Queen’s Garden Parties.... Read more about Tours of Buckingham Palace Garden launched for 2009

Exhibitions and Displays 2009

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting
Until 26 April 2009

The exhibition brings together over 50 of the Royal Collection’s finest Flemish paintings from the 15th to17th centuries. The works were produced during the turbulence of the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) and its immediate aftermath, when peace was finally restored to the region. Highlights of the exhibition include masterpieces by Hans Memling, Van Dyck and Teniers and a wonderful group of landscapes by Jan Brueghel and Rubens. ... Read more about Exhibitions and Displays 2009

Evening tour of Windsor Castle launched for the Christmas season

Start your seasonal celebrations in style with a visit to Windsor Castle, once its doors have closed to the public. The Castle’s new exclusive evening tour takes you through the sumptuous State Apartments in the company of an expert guide. Available on four evenings in December, it offers a unique opportunity to do something very special this festive season and go ‘behind the ropes’ at the Castle.... Read more about Evening tour of Windsor Castle launched for the Christmas season

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