The Royal Collection offers something for everyone on your Christmas gift list.

Release date: 
Wednesday, 7 November 2007

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.

Book your friends or family on a Private Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace. In the company of an expert guide, they can explore the Palace’s nineteen State Rooms, which are regularly used by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining. Here they can feast their eyes on the treasures from the Royal Collection, including world-famous paintings by Van Dyck and Canaletto. The tour concludes with a glass of Buckingham Palace champagne in the Grand Entrance, where official visitors to the Palace arrive. Telephone +44 (0)20 7766 7322 for information or to book.

Treat someone to A Royal Day Out at Buckingham Palace. With this special three-in-one ticket you can spend a summer’s day visiting all the Palace’s three sites – The State Rooms, the Royal Mews (home to the spectacular royal coaches and carriages) and The Queen’s Gallery, where you can enjoy magnificent works of art from the Royal Collection, including dazzling diamonds and masterpieces by Fabergé, and the special exhibition Amazing Rare Things, co-curated by Sir David Attenborough. A Royal Day Out ticket is available during August and September. Telephone +44 (0)20 7766 7300 for further information or to book.

If there are dog-lovers on your Christmas list, the recently published Noble Hounds and Dear Companions is a definite heart-warmer. The book celebrates the important role played by dogs in the lives of the Royal Family and brings together over 200 affectionate, amusing and poignant images of canine companions. The book and a range of royal pet products, including dog biscuits, bowls and beds, are available from Royal Collection shops in London and Edinburgh.

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Windsor Castle, where from 3 December the Christmas tree from Windsor Great Park will be on display in St George’s Hall. The charming baubles and crowns decorating the tree can be purchased in the Royal Collection shops. From 14 December to 7 January Queen Victoria’s magnificent silver dinner service will form the centrepiece of a lavish Christmas dining display in the Waterloo Chamber.

Press information and photographs are available from Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection, telephone: 020 7839 1377, e-mail: press@royalcollection.org.uk

Notes to editors:

• Tickets for a Winter or Spring Private Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace can be purchased by telephoning +44 (0)20 7766 7322. The cost per person is £65, including the official guidebook and a glass of champagne.

• Noble Hounds and Dear Companions by Sophie Gordon, Curator of the Royal Photograph Collection, is published by Royal Collection Publications and can be purchased from Royal Collection shops for £9.99.

• A Royal Day Out ticket gives admission to the State Rooms, the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace during August and September. It can be purchased by telephoning +44 (0)20 7766 7300.
Price: Adult £28.50, Over 60/ Student £25.00, Under 17 £16.00, Family £73.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

The Royal Collection Shops are located at:
The Royal Mews
Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377
Opening hours: 09:30 - 17:00

The Queen's Gallery
Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377
Opening hours: 09:30 - 17:30

Buckingham Palace Shop
7 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377
Opening hours: 09:30 - 17:00

Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377
Opening hours: 09:30 - 16:30