What is the Royal Collection?
The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts and running to more than a million objects, the Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years.
Does The Queen own the Royal Collection?
The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation. It is not owned by her as a private individual.
Where can I see the Royal Collection?
The Collection is displayed within some 13 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public. These include Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Hampton Court, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Osborne House and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Here, works of art can often be seen in the historic settings for which they were originally commissioned or acquired.
You can also enjoy the Royal Collection in special temporary exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle, and The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and in touring exhibitions around the UK.
The Queen regularly lends works from the Collection to exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world.
Over 3,000 objects from the Royal Collection are on long-term loan to museums and galleries around the UK and abroad, including the British Museum, The National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, the National Museum of Wales and the National Gallery of Scotland.
On this website you can explore thousands of objects from the Royal Collection. New items are being added all the time.
Does the Royal Collection receive grant-in-aid or other public funding?
The care and conservation of the Royal Collection is funded entirely by Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity, with income raised from the public opening of Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and from associated trading activities. This income also supports educational activities, loans and projects to increase public access and enjoyment. The activities of Royal Collection Trust are undertaken without recourse to public funds.