Press releases

Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Twenty-eight of the finest 17th- and 18th-century Dutch paintings in the Royal Collection, including Vermeer's 'The Music Lesson', will be brought together in a new exhibition opening this November at The Queen's Gallery, London.  Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer includes works by some of the finest artists of the day, among them Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen. ... Read more about Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer

High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject-matter of Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827), one of the wittiest and most popular caricaturists of Georgian Britain.  Blunt, sometimes bawdy and often irreverent, his work offers a new perspective on an era best known through the novels of Jane Austen.  Along with his contemporaries, James Gillray, James Sayers and the Cruikshank family, Rowlandson shaped the visual comedy of the period, and his colourful prints and drawings are as amusing today as when they were first produced ... Read more about High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

Alex Monroe for Buckingham Palace

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

To celebrate this year's Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, Royal Collection Trust has collaborated with British jeweller Alex Monroe on an exclusive collection.  The luxurious 17-piece range entitled Alex Monroe for Buckingham Palace is inspired by decorative features in the State Rooms of the Palace. ... Read more about Alex Monroe for Buckingham Palace

A Christmas tree in St George's Hall, Windsor Castle

Celebrate the Christmas season at the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen

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Friday, 12 June 2015

This December, visitors to the royal residences will see the State Apartments at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse transformed with festive decorations, glittering Christmas trees, and spectacular dining tables laid for royal feasts. ... Read more about Celebrate the Christmas season at the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen

Portraits of D-Day veterans, commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales, go on display

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Twelve portraits of D-Day veterans will go on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace from Saturday, 6 June, on the 71st anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy.  The exhibition, The Last of the Tide (6–17 June), pays tribute to the extraordinary men that played a role in the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 and was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales following his attendance at last year's commemorations in France. ... Read more about Portraits of D-Day veterans, commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales, go on display

Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Throughout 2016, ten of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection will travel to four museums and galleries across the United Kingdom and Ireland in a new exhibition.  The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist's interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy, as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint.  This is the fifth touring exhibition of Leonardo drawings from the Royal Collection since 2002.  Over three quarters of a ... Read more about Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection

Scottish Artists 1750 – 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

From the romantic landscapes of Caledonia to exotic scenes from the Continent, a new exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse is the first dedicated to Scottish art in the Royal Collection. Bringing together over 80 works, including paintings and drawings by the celebrated artists Allan Ramsay and Sir David Wilkie, Scottish Artists 1750–1900: From Caledonia to the Continent tells the story of royal patronage and of the emergence of a distinctive Scottish school of art. ... Read more about Scottish Artists 1750 – 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent

Official commemorative royal baby china

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

An official range of chinaware has been produced by Royal Collection Trust to celebrate the birth of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.  The designs show the lion and unicorn from the Royal Arms, in the style of figures from a carousel, as well as the coronet of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and a pattern of oak leaves from the Middleton family’s coat of arms.  Each piece bears the words 'Celebrating our new royal baby', and the star and tassel motifs previously seen on the china to celebrate HRH Prince George of Cambridge's birth. ... Read more about Official commemorative royal baby china

The Adventures of Alice Laselles, by Alexandrina Victoria, aged 10 and 3/4

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

A story written by Queen Victoria at the age of ten is to be published for the first time this summer.  The Adventures of Alice Laselles by Alexandrina Victoria, Aged 10 and 3/4 gives a fascinating and endearing glimpse into the vivid imagination of the future monarch.  The earliest work by the Queen ever to be published, it tells the tale of a twelve-year-old girl who is sent away to boarding school after her father remarries.  Princess Victoria originally called her story 'The School', but then changed the title to 'Alice', in honour of her lead protagonist.  ... Read more about The Adventures of Alice Laselles, by Alexandrina Victoria, aged 10 and 3/4

Thirty Print Highlights from the Royal Collection

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

To mark the 30th anniversary of The London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy in April, a special loan exhibition from Royal Collection Trust will bring together 30 of the finest prints from the Royal Collection.  Famed for its Old Master drawings by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Holbein and many others, the Royal Collection also contains more than 100,000 prints acquired by monarchs over three and a half centuries. Through fine art prints, portraits, topographical prints and maps, the exhibition will reveal the extraordinary variety of prints in the Collection and explore the different ... Read more about Thirty Print Highlights from the Royal Collection

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