To celebrate the 60th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales on 14 November 2008, it is announced today that ten of the Royal Collection’s finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) will travel to museums and galleries across the United Kingdom in 2008-9.
If you are searching for that extra-special Christmas present, the Royal Collection can offer a host of original gift ideas. Treat someone to a Private Guided Tour or a Royal Day Out at Buckingham Palace, or enjoy the seasonal display at Windsor Castle and pop into the Royal Collection shops during your visit. Here you will find an assortment of unique gifts and a range of luxury seasonal fare, including mince pies, Christmas cakes, special preserves, as well as Buckingham Palace vintage champagne and a lovely Château Lafite Rothschild claret.
The Royal Collection will be at World Travel Market to launch next year’s special exhibitions and the exciting new programme of group visits to the Official Residences of The Queen. Among the many choices on offer in their groups brochure for 2008 are Private Guided Tours of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, available for the very first time in March and April, when Her Majesty The Queen is in residence at Sandringham and Windsor.
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
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
Flora: The ‘Erbario Miniato’ and
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
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
Royal Collection Publications, October 2007
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 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
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.