Press releases

A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947

Release date: 
Friday, 18 May 2007

A special exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace
28 July - 28 September 2007

On 20 November 2007 The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate 60 years of marriage - Her Majesty will be the first reigning Sovereign to reach this anniversary. To mark the occasion, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer will recreate the day in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth married The Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. ... Read more about A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947

Annual Openings of Frogmore House, Garden and Mausoleum

Release date: 
Thursday, 22 February 2007

Frogmore House, set in the magnificent private Home Park of Windsor Castle, has been a favoured royal retreat for over 300 years. Built in the 17th century, it was purchased in 1792 for George III’s consort, Queen Charlotte. Frogmore is no longer an occupied royal residence but is frequently used by the Royal Family for entertaining.

Royal Weddings 1840 – 1947: From Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

Release date: 
Friday, 2 February 2007

The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle
27 April 2007 – March 2008

Marking the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the exhibition tells the story of five royal weddings through photographs, documents from the Royal Archives, rare memorabilia and charming personal gifts exchanged by members of the Royal Family. ... Read more about Royal Weddings 1840 – 1947: From Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

Five Gold Rings: A Royal Wedding Souvenir Album From Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

Release date: 
Friday, 2 February 2007

Published to mark the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, this charming publication tells the stories of five royal marriages - from the couple’s first meeting to the wedding day and honeymoon. ... Read more about Five Gold Rings: A Royal Wedding Souvenir Album From Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty The Queen acquires study for Annigoni portrait

Release date: 
Monday, 18 December 2006

The Queen has acquired a finished study by Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) for the artist’s 1969 portrait of Her Majesty in the National Portrait Gallery.  The head-and-shoulders work in oil distemper and pastel (60 cm x 40 cm) was produced in the course of a number of sittings at Buckingham Palace. Annigoni took the study to his studio in Florence  and  used it as a model when working on the full-length portrait,  in which Her Majesty wears the robes and insignia of the Order of the British Empire. ... Read more about Her Majesty The Queen acquires study for Annigoni portrait

Exhibitions and Displays 2007

Release date: 
Friday, 15 December 2006

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Unfolding Pictures: Fans in the Royal Collection

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Until 11 February 2007

The first exhibition of fans from the Royal Collection brings together over 80 examples, ranging in date from the early 17th century to the 1930s. Queen Charlotte, Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra and – in particular – Queen Mary, all owned significant groups of fans. ... Read more about Exhibitions and Displays 2007

Mary, Queen of Scots’ portrait and private prayer niche unveiled, as the historic apartments re-open to the public

Release date: 
Monday, 11 December 2006

Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers and the ‘Darnley Rooms’, the historic heart of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, will reopen to the public in time for the Christmas holidays. The Palace was home to Mary following her return from France in 1561 and was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short and turbulent reign (1542-67). She married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, at Holyrood in 1565 and the following year witnessed the brutal murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio, by her husband. ... Read more about Mary, Queen of Scots’ portrait and private prayer niche unveiled, as the historic apartments re-open to the public

Group Visits and Private Tours 2007

Release date: 
Friday, 8 December 2006

With the launch of their new 'Group Visits and Private Tours' brochure, the Royal Collection is offering some inspiring choices for those visiting the official residences of The Queen next year.   Among the highlights of 2007 are two exhibitions to celebrate the Diamond  Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 20 November. ... Read more about Group Visits and Private Tours 2007

Christmas at Windsor Castle

Release date: 
Wednesday, 6 December 2006

From 7 December until 5 January 2007 (Twelfth Night), visitors to Windsor Castle can enjoy a dazzling Christmas display of Victorian silver on the     50ft-long dining table in the Waterloo Chamber.  The centrepiece of the arrangement is a spectacular dinner service, reassembled for the first time in over 50 years.  Made in 1862 by the firm of royal goldsmiths,         Garrard & Co., and quintessentially Victorian in taste, it includes silver statuettes of Queen Victoria, Britannia, King Arthur and St George, candelabra celebrating the Arts and Sciences, and grand tureens and dessert s ... Read more about Christmas at Windsor Castle

Summer Term Activity Week at Windsor Castle

Release date: 
Friday, 9 June 2006

Castles Long Ago
26- 30 June 2006

During a week of special activities, primary-school children will discover how Windsor Castle's formidable defences have kept enemies at bay for more than nine centuries. ... Read more about Summer Term Activity Week at Windsor Castle

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