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Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Release date: Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Frogmore House and Garden will open to the public on 15, 16 and 17 May for the annual Charity Garden Open Days and on 18, 19 and 20 August 2012, offering visitors the chance to discover a favourite royal retreat set in the magnificent grounds of the private Home Park of Windsor Castle. ... Read more about Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

On display for the first time, royal miniature by artist who dared to disagree with Queen Victoria

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Monday, 27 February 2012

Release date: Monday, 27 February 2012

For the artist, the shade of his royal sitter’s tie was of great importance. His client thought so too – but they didn’t agree on colour. Although Kenneth Macleay argued quite vehemently that his miniature portrait of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, should show the subject wearing a white tie, he was eventually overruled by the sitter’s mother, Queen Victoria, who wished the tie to be black. ... Read more about On display for the first time, royal miniature by artist who dared to disagree with Queen Victoria

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Notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded her Diamond Jubilee celebrations goes on display

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Release date: Thursday, 23 February 2012

A Fabergé notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded guests who attended her Diamond Jubilee celebrations is to go on display in the exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse from 16 March. The Queen signed and dated the notebook herself. On every other page are the signatures of her guests, who included crowned heads of Europe. ... Read more about Notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded her Diamond Jubilee celebrations goes on display

Family photograph of the future Queen will launch BBC Radio 4 series to mark the Diamond Jubilee

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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Release date: Thursday, 9 February 2012

A family photograph of the two-year-old Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II, will be the first object featured in the BBC Radio 4 series The Art of Monarchy, which starts on Saturday, 11 February (10:30-11:00). Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the eight-part series explores the history of the Monarchy through works acquired by British kings and queens. ... Read more about Family photograph of the future Queen will launch BBC Radio 4 series to mark the Diamond Jubilee

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Dates finalised for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

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Friday, 3 February 2012

Release date: Friday, 3 February 2012

It was announced today that the dates for the 2012 annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace are 30 June to 8 July and from 31 July until 7 October. During the 22-day closure in July, The Queen, as Head of State, will host a number of events around the launch of the London 2012 Games. The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace includes a visit to the 19 State Rooms and the special exhibition, Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration. ... Read more about Dates finalised for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Diamond Jubilee teapot goes on sale

Release date: 
Friday, 27 January 2012

Release date: Friday, 27 January 2012

Two limited-edition pieces have been added to the official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The new items are an English teapot (£250), limited to 500, and a tea caddy (£175), limited to 1,000. This is the first time the Royal Collection has included a tea caddy in a commemorative range. ... Read more about Diamond Jubilee teapot goes on sale

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

Release date: 
Friday, 23 December 2011

Release date: Friday, 23 December 2011

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
4 May - 7 October 2012

The largest ever exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body will be shown at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace in 2012. Leonardo has long been recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, but he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. ... Read more about Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

Treasures from The Queen's Palaces

Release date: 
Friday, 23 December 2011

Release date: Friday, 23 December 2011

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
16 March - 4 November 2012

An exhibition of spectacular treasures from the Royal Collection will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces reflects the tastes of monarchs and other members of the royal family who have shaped one of the world’s great art collections. ... Read more about Treasures from The Queen's Palaces

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Release date: 
Friday, 23 December 2011

Release date: Friday, 23 December 2011

A Royal Collection Touring Exhibition
January 2012 - January 2013

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, ten of the Royal Collection’s finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci will travel to five museums and galleries across the United Kingdom. The exhibition has been selected to show the extraordinary scope of Leonardo’s interests – painting and sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics and anatomy – and his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, and metalpoint. ... Read more about Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Tiara from the Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

Release date: 
Friday, 23 December 2011

Release date: Friday, 23 December 2011

The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace
30 June to 8 July and from 31 July until 7 October

In February 2012 Her Majesty The Queen will become only the second sovereign in British history to have reigned for 60 years. In celebration, a spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace will show the many ways in which diamonds have been used and worn by British monarchs over the last two centuries. The exhibition includes an unprecedented display of a number of The Queen’s personal jewels – those inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign. ... Read more about Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

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