Queen Elizabeth II: A Birthday Souvenir Album

A unique and personal biography in pictures celebrating Her Majesty
The Queen’s 80th birthday is to be published by Royal Collection Publications on 6 June.... Read more about New publication from the Royal Collection

Knights and Castles
6 – 10 March 2006

During a week of special activities at Windsor Castle over 400 primary-school children will learn about life in the Middle Ages by exploring the Castle’s medieval splendour.... Read more about Spring Term Activity Week at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

An Audio Adventure
11:00 to 16:00, 4 - 8 April & 11 – 13 & 15 April 2006

Visitors with children can discover more about the life of Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest castle in the world, by using the new family audio tour. Horace, a timeless tutor, and Tommy, his pupil, are your guides and introduce you to the many magical characters who live in the Castle, including Gilbert the Grotesque, Tipu Tiger and Cyril, a Page of the Back Stairs.... Read more about Easter family activities at the official residences of The Queen

To celebrate The Queen's 80th birthday, the largest ever exhibition of Her Majesty's evening dresses and personal jewellery will go on display at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace this year (26 July – 24 September 2006).  The 80 spectacular gowns, from the 1940s to the present day, have been worn by The Queen for both official engagements and private family events.  The exhibition shows the work of the leading British couturiers Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, and of those designers who have worked for Her Majesty in more recent years.  Each has brought their distinctive style to... Read more about Glittering gowns and dazzling diamonds at Buckingham Palace this summer

Three complimentary audio tours will be introduced at Windsor Castle this year. From 1 February there will be a special tour for those visiting with children, a tour designed for the visually-impaired, and a general tour available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese (Mandarin).

Windsor Castle
Exploring Armour 11:00 to 15:00, 14-18 February 2006

Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest castle in the world, is home to an amazing collection of armour. With one of the Castle’s trails, you can search for suits of armour worn by kings and princes, find the shields of the naughty knights, marvel at Henry VIII’s enormous suit of armour, and learn how jousting tournaments, originally the way to practice before a battle, became a popular sport. ... Read more about Half-term family activities at the official residences of The Queen

January 2006

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.

With the launch of their new Group Visits and Private Tours brochure for 2006, the Royal Collection is offering several exciting new options for those visiting the official residences of The Queen this year. ... Read more about Group Visits and Private Tours 2006

May 2005

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Enchanting the Eye: Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age *
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Until 30 October 2005
The Royal Collection contains one of the world’s finest groups of Dutch 17th-century paintings. ... Read more about Exhibitions and Displays 2005

On 27 April 2005 the Royal Collection launches on its new website (www.royalcollection.org.uk) the first phase of the e-Gallery, a multimedia catalogue of some of the greatest works in the Collection. ... Read more about New online catalogue reveals stories behind the Royal Collection