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
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
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
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
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
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
The drama of the Baroque comes to Edinburgh in part two of The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection. The 31 paintings and 43 drawings selected for the exhibition reflect the great stylistic diversity of the period, which gave birth to the powerful realism of Caravaggio, the revolutionary naturalism of the Carracci and the cool classicism of Poussin and Domenichino. ... Read more about The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: The Baroque
Her Majesty The Queen has been presented with a group of 43 photographs of Members of the Royal Family taken by the Armenian-born Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh between 1943 and 1987. This generous gift from the Karsh Estate marks the centenary of the birth of Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), one of the most accomplished portrait photographers of the 20th century. It includes both well-known and unfamiliar images, among them portraits of HM The Queen,
HM King George VI, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and HRH The Prince of Wales. The gift will form part of the Royal Photograph Collection. ... Read more about Her Majesty The Queen receives gift of Royal portraits by Yousuf Karsh
This first exhibition ever mounted of Flemish paintings in the Royal Collection brings together 51 works from the 15th to 17th centuries, including masterpieces by Hans Memling, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan Brueghel, Van Dyck and Rubens. By the 1550s the Netherlands enjoyed a level of wealth that remained unmatched in the West for centuries. The Eighty Years War with Spain, from 1568 to 1648, all but destroyed the region’s infrastructure and creative industries. The paintings in the exhibition were produced in the Southern (Spanish-ruled) Netherlands during this period of extraordinary turbulence and its immediate aftermath, when peace was finally restored to the region. ... Read more about Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting
For the first time ever and for this summer only, visitors to Buckingham Palace will experience the spectacle of the Ballroom set up for a State Banquet. Held in honour of a visiting Head of State, the State Banquet is the occasion when The Queen entertains around 170 guests on the first evening of a State Visit. During Her Majesty’s reign, seventy-seven State Banquets have been held at Buckingham Palace, eighteen at Windsor Castle and two at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The State Banquet at Windsor for the President of the French Republic and Madame Nicolas Sarkozy on 26 March was the 97th hosted by The Queen since her accession in 1952. ... Read more about A State Banquet at Buckingham Palace this summer