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

Release date: 
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

Changing the guard in the forecourt of Buckingham PalaceChanging the guard in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Dates finalised for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Release date: 
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

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

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

Exhibition Programme 2012

Release date: 
Monday, 19 December 2011

Release date: Monday, 19 December 2011

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Until 15 April 2012 ... Read more about Exhibition Programme 2012

The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years

Release date: 
Monday, 19 December 2011

Release date: Monday, 19 December 2011

The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle
4 February – 28 October 2012

Sixty photographs of Her Majesty The Queen, including the work of leading press photographers of the past six decades, will go on display at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The exhibition presents a portrait of The Queen’s reign as captured in fleeting moments on both official occasions and at relaxed family gatherings. ... Read more about The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years

Art that tells the story of 900 years of Monarchy

Release date: 
Friday, 2 December 2011

Release date: Friday, 2 December 2011

A collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and the Royal Collection

To mark Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, BBC Radio 4 illuminates the long history of the Monarchy in a new eight-part series, The Art of Monarchy (broadcast from February 2012). Presented by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, the programmes explore the monarchs who have ruled these islands through the works of art they have acquired. ... Read more about Art that tells the story of 900 years of Monarchy

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