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Enjoy Christmas at Windsor Castle

Release date: 
Friday, 12 October 2007

This Christmas, visitors can soak up the atmosphere at Windsor Castle as it celebrates the season with traditional decorations and festive fare.

From 14 December until 7 January, Queen Victoria’s spectacular dinner service will form the centrepiece of a dazzling display of 19th-century silver on the 50-foot-long dining table in the Waterloo Chamber. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent many holidays at Windsor and on Christmas Day would hold a lavish feast - a visitor to the royal kitchens in 1860 described seeing at least 50 turkeys and a 350 lb baron of beef roasting at the fires. ... Read more about Enjoy Christmas at Windsor Castle

The Big Draw at the Official Residences of The Queen

Release date: 
Friday, 5 October 2007

Windsor Castle

Put Yourself in the Picture 23–28 October 2007, 11:00 – 15:00

Join in the family fun at Windsor Castle this half-term as part of ‘The Big Draw’, the UK’s largest annual drawing event.

Follow your activity trail and uncover fascinating facts about the world’s oldest and largest castle. Then visit the Moat Education Room to learn about all the kings and queens who have lived at Windsor over 1,000 years. Draw your own self portrait and help us make a giant collage. ... Read more about The Big Draw at the Official Residences of The Queen

New Publication from the Royal Collection

Release date: 
Thursday, 4 October 2007

Flora: The ‘Erbario Miniato’ and
Other Drawings
Two volumes

Treatments for a serpent bite, cracks between fingers and a fall from a height are among the hundreds of natural remedies found in this remarkable collection of early botanical drawings. The Erbario Miniato, an early 17th-century herbal, and the drawings from a companion volume (now partly dispersed) were part of the extraordinary Paper Museum (Museo Cartaceo) of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657). ... Read more about New Publication from the Royal Collection

Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting

Release date: 
Friday, 28 September 2007

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
28 September 2007 – 6 April 2008

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. ... Read more about Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting

Noble Hounds and Dear Companions

Release date: 
Thursday, 16 August 2007

By Sophie Gordon

Royal Collection Publications, October 2007
£9.99 hardback
200 x 200mm, 120 pages
Over 200 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 902163 85 7

This charming publication celebrates the important role played by dogs in the public and private lives of the Royal Family. Selected from the Royal Photograph Collection, it brings together over 200 affectionate, amusing and often poignant images of canine companions – from Dash,
Queen Victoria’s beloved King Charles spaniel and Eos, Prince Albert’s elegant greyhound, to the famous corgis of the House of Windsor. Over the 150 years covered by the book, dogs appear centre stage in both formal studio portraits and as part of relaxed family groups. ... Read more about Noble Hounds and Dear Companions

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

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