The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
19 May – 29 October 2006
The art collection formed by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother reflects her warm friendships with artists and her very personal response to a quality in works of art that she called ‘the effect of magic’. Queen Elizabeth was an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary British artists of the early to mid-20th century and had a particular appreciation of the younger generation working outside the artistic establishment. This first exhibition of 73 watercolours and drawings from her collection has been selected to show the range of Queen Elizabeth’s taste, embracing artists as diverse as Thomas Gainsborough and John Bratby. ... Read more about Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle
3 April 2006 – 11 March 2007
From formal records of State occasions and official portraits to little-known family photographs and intimate snap-shots, this exhibition from the Royal Photograph Collection traces The Queen’s public and family life over the past 80 years. Among the many well-known photographers who have captured Her Majesty’s image are Marcus Adams, Lisa Sheridan, Dorothy Wilding, Cecil Beaton, Patrick Lichfield, Jane Bown and HRH The Duke of York. ... Read more about An Exhibition of Photographs to celebrate the 80th Birthday of HM The Queen
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
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.
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).
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
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