Press releases

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Release date: 
Tuesday, 14 July 2009

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. ... Read more about The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour - The Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Release date: 
Wednesday, 8 April 2009

26 July – 30 September 2009

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the modern Commonwealth. In 1949 the London Declaration recognised the British Monarch as the symbol of the free association of independent member nations and as Head of the Commonwealth. ... Read more about Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour - The Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Annual summer opening of Frogmore House and Garden

Release date: 
Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The summer opening of Frogmore House and Garden offers the chance to discover a delightful royal retreat. The house and garden will open to the public for three Charity Garden Open Days in May and during the Bank Holiday weekend in August. Private daytime and evening tours for
pre-booked coach groups are also available during August and September. ... Read more about Annual summer opening of Frogmore House and Garden

French Porcelain for English Palaces: Sevres from the Royal Collection

Release date: 
Friday, 30 January 2009

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
23 May - 11 October 2009

This exhibition brings together around 300 pieces created by the pre-eminent European porcelain factory of the 18th century. The finely painted and gilded works by Sèvres were loved by royalty, aristocrats, connoisseurs and collectors. The factory’s unrivalled techniques and complex methods of production appealed to their liking for the rare, exotic and extravagant. ... Read more about French Porcelain for English Palaces: Sevres from the Royal Collection

Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition

Release date: 
Thursday, 1 January 2009

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

The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life

Release date: 
Thursday, 1 January 2009

The Queen's Galley, Buckingham Palace
30 October 2009 - 14 February 2010

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 perhaps at a tea-party, on a fishing trip or at a dining club ... Read more about The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life

The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life

Release date: 
Thursday, 18 December 2008

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

Release date: 
Friday, 12 December 2008

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

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

Christmas gifts for all the family from the Royal Collection

Release date: 
Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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

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