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New 2018 exhibitions programme

Release date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Tickets for the new 2018 programme of exhibitions and displays at the official royal residences and The Queen's Galleries are now on sale.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace ©

The Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. During August and September, when the Palace is not being used in its official capacity, visitors can enjoy the 19 magnificent State Rooms.

The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in 2018 will include an exhibition that marks the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales.

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John Michael Wright, Charles II

John Michael Wright, Charles II ©

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Opening in December 2017, Charles II: Art & Power will tell the story of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule.  The court of Charles II became the centre for artistic patronage and for the collecting of great works of art to decorate the royal apartments, to glorify the restored monarchy and to reinforce the position of Charles II as the rightful king.  Including silver-gilt used at the King's coronation, Old Master paintings, tapestries and silver-covered furniture, the exhibition will present the glittering court of Charles II and show the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

Enjoy two landmark exhibitions celebrating the role of art in Stuart court culture with a joint ticket to Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy of Arts, an exhibition in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, and Charles II: Art & Power at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, including complimentary tea or coffee and cake in the RA Grand Café.

Splendours of the Subcontinent, opening in June 2018, will celebrate the South Asian treasures in the Royal Collection through two complementary exhibitions. A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6 will tell the story of the future King Edward VII's historic tour of the Indian Subcontinent, through the jewellery, gold and silverware and ceremonial arms that were presented to him during his visit.  Alongside this, Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts will bring together highlights from the Royal Collection's world-class group of South Asian paintings and manuscripts, including works of poetry, intimate portraits, images of court life, paintings inspired by contemporary literature and music, and vivid depictions of Hindu deities.

From November 2018, Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs will tell the story of the familial, political, diplomatic and artistic associations between Britain and Russia and their royal families from the mid-16th century to two World Wars.  The unique relationship between the two countries will be examined through portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé.  The exhibition will be shown alongside Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton's pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, which showed the impact of war to the general public for the first time.

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peacock barger

Peacock barge from the Splendours exhibition ©

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

In December 2017, Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6 will tell the story of the Prince of Wales's four-month tour of the Indian Subcontinent at the end of the 19th century.  Visiting over 21 localities that today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal, the Prince was presented with some of the finest examples of Indian design and craftsmanship.  Celebrating the long-standing relationship between the UK and India, the exhibition will form part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture.

Canaletto & the Art of Venice, opening in May 2018, will display a spectacular selection of 18th-century Venetian art, presenting Canaletto's greatest works alongside paintings and drawings by his contemporaries, Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.  Exploring the many delights of the Italian city, from the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark's Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnival, the exhibition will bring the irresistible allure of one of the most beautiful cities in the world to The Queen's Gallery.

From November 2018, Charles II: Art & Power will explore the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy following the restoration of 1660. Including Old Master paintings, tapestries and silver-covered furniture, the exhibition will present the rich material world of Charles II's court.

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