Turning Back Time - Hundreds of Royal Clocks Mark the End of Summer

Release date: 
Tuesday, 26 October 2010

This weekend, Royal Collection staff will spend over 50 hours adjusting clocks across the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen as British Summer Time comes to an end.  This is no small task, as the Royal Collection includes hundreds of historic clocks, many of which are on display at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and are among the finest ever made.

Following months of planning around the programme of official and private engagements at the palaces, staff will start work in the early hours of Saturday morning to ensure that the time is set accurately by the end of Sunday.

The 379 timepieces at Windsor Castle, 500 at Buckingham Palace and 80 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse are of all shapes and sizes, reflecting changing fashions over the centuries and the tastes and interests of successive monarchs.  Among them are musical clocks, organ clocks, astronomical clocks and mechanical clocks.

Robert Ball, Senior Horological Conservator, said, ‘The two clock-change weekends are the busiest times of the year for us, as we take on the challenge of adjusting hundreds of clocks over two days. The Royal Collection contains many fascinating and extraordinary timepieces with highly complex mechanisms, so great care has to be taken with each one.’ ENDS

Further information and high resolution photographs are available from The Royal Collection Press Office. Please contact Hanae Tsuji on 020 7024 5549 or hanae.tsuji@royalcollection.org.uk.

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