Press releases

New publication from the Royal Collection

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Monday, 24 November 2003
The Garden at Buckingham Palace: An Illustrated History By Jane Brown, photographs by Christopher Simon Sykes. Published July 2004. The garden at Buckingham Palace, the famous setting for The Queen's Garden Parties and last year's Golden Jubilee Concerts, is one of the largest private gardens in London. Yet its history, from a 17th-century mulberry plantation to today's 'walled oasis in the middle of London', remains virtually unknown. In this new publication from the Royal Collection, the distinguished garden historian Jane Brown presents for the first time the fascinating story of the Buckingham Palace garden, examining how changes in taste and use have influenced its design over the centuries.

Her Majesty The Queen's magnificent Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate to go on display at Windsor Castle

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Tuesday, 30 September 2003
Her Majesty The Queen's Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate will be on display at Windsor Castle from 8 October 2003 to 4 January 2004. Due to the popular appeal of Ceremony and Celebration: Coronation Day 1953 at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace (open until 28 September 2003) these magnificent robes will continue to be displayed until the end of Coronation year in the Garter Throne Room at Windsor Castle.

A kitchen fit for kings and queens: A new group tour at Windsor Castle

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Thursday, 11 September 2003
A rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at Windsor Castle will be available to pre-booked groups for the first time this autumn. The special tour, 'From Great Kitchen to State Apartments', begins with an introduction to the history of royal dining, past and present, and to Windsor as a working royal palace today. This is followed by a guided visit to the Great Kitchen and medieval Undercroft, neither of which are open to the public. The tour concludes in the magnificent State Apartments, which are regularly used for entertaining on State and ceremonial occasions.

George III and Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste

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Saturday, 6 September 2003
In the year of his accession at the age of 22, George III proclaimed to Parliament, 'I glory in the name of Briton'. His 60-year reign (1760-1820), one of the longest in British history, was a period of extraordinary advancement in the arts, sciences and manufacturing. Yet George III's record as one of the most influential patrons of his time has been completely overshadowed by his image as the mad king and as the monarch who lost America.

Her Majesty The Queen acquires important Sèvres service

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Saturday, 6 September 2003
Release date: Saturday, 6 September 2003 The Queen has acquired a unique Sèvres porcelain dessert service, made in 1789 to mark George III's recovery from his first serious bout of porphyria, the illness that dogged him for the rest of his life. Comprising 86 pieces, the service was first used by the King's consort, Queen Charlotte, at a lavish banquet to celebrate George III's return to health. For the first time in over 200 years, this remarkable and poignant group of objects will be reunited with the tea and coffee sets from the same service in the major exhibition George III and Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste, at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, next year.

The Stuarts at Windsor Castle

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Monday, 1 September 2003
Release date: Monday, 1 September 2003 To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns, some of the most exceptional artefacts from the Stuart dynasty will be shown in the Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle. Following the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, James VI of Scotland claimed the English throne and became the first Stuart king of England. The Stuarts held the throne for over 100 years, until the death of Queen Anne in 1714. The exhibition of drawings, miniatures and books from the Royal Library reflect a period of flourishing court culture and great political upheaval.

Take a tour around a Palace this Summer

Release date: 
Monday, 7 July 2003
Release date: Monday, 7 July 2003 Audio tours will be available for the first time this summer at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The commentaries provide a lively guide to centuries of royal history, the treasures of the Royal Collection and the role of the Palaces today as official residences of The Queen. Each tour is introduced by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Chairman of the Royal Collection Trust, and includes interviews with Royal Household staff about the working Palace and the magnificent works of art on display. Both adult and family tours have been created for each site, and children can explore the Palaces with an accompanying activity trail.

Royal Collection Trust Annual Report published

Release date: 
Tuesday, 1 July 2003
Release date: Tuesday, 1 July 2003 Golden Jubilee year saw a 30% rise in visitors to the official residences of The Queen, as recorded in the Royal Collection Trust's Annual Report 2002-2003. With the successful opening of the two new Queen's Galleries in London and Edinburgh and an increase in admissions across all sites, visitor numbers rose by 442,000 to 1.918 million in 2002/3. Two new shops at The Queen's Galleries, the company's first off-site shop on Buckingham Palace Road and the success of Golden Jubilee merchandise contributed to a 78% increase in retail income and a 28% growth in spend per visitor.

HRH Prince William of Wales: The 21st Birthday range from the Royal Collection

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Friday, 6 June 2003
Release date: Friday, 6 June 2003 The Royal Collection is an acknowledged leader in the design of commemorative items for Royal occasions. To mark the 21st birthday of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, the Royal Collection has commissioned a special range of fine bone china. The official 21st Birthday Range has been produced in Stoke-on-Trent exclusively for the Royal Collection.

Clarence House Summer Opening

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Monday, 28 April 2003
Release date: Monday, 28 April 2003 Clarence House, which will be The Prince of Wales's official London residence, will open to the public from 6th August to 17th October 2003. Clarence House was the London home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 until 2002. It was also the home of The Prince of Wales between the ages of one and three, when Her Majesty The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and The Duke of Edinburgh moved there following their marriage in 1947.