Press releases

Exhibitions 2008

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery 14 March - 28 September 2008 This extraordinary exhibition, recently shown at The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh, is selected from the collections of the Royal Library in collaboration with the distinguished naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. It brings together the works of four artists and a collector who have shaped our knowledge of the world around us. Leonardo da Vinci, Cassiano dal Pozzo, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby are diverse figures who shared a passion for enquiry and a fascination with the beautiful and bizarre in nature. All lived at a time when new species were being discovered around the world in ever increasing numbers.

HRH The Prince of Wales: An Exhibition to Celebrate his Sixtieth Birthday

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Tuesday, 4 December 2007
The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle 16 May 2008 – 22 February 2009 To celebrate the 60th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2008, a special exhibition will be shown at Windsor Castle, the royal home where The Prince spent much of his childhood. Photographs from the Royal Photograph Collection will document major public and family events in His Royal Highness’s life – his Investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969, marriage to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, the births of Princes William and Harry, and his marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005, while works of art and memorabilia selected from the Royal Collection and from The Prince’s own personal archive will reflect many of His Royal Highness’s lifelong interests.

Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery

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Friday, 16 November 2007
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 14 March – 28 September 2008 There is a common denominator that links all these artists. It is the profound joy that all feel who observe the natural world with a sustained and devoted intensity. Sir David Attenborough

Touring exhibition of Leonardo drawings to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

To celebrate the 60th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales on 14 November 2008, it is announced today that ten of the Royal Collection’s finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) will travel to museums and galleries across the United Kingdom in 2008-9.

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

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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.

Spring tours of Buckingham Palace among a host of new group visits announced by the Royal Collection

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007

The Royal Collection will be at World Travel Market to launch next year’s special exhibitions and the exciting new programme of group visits to the Official Residences of The Queen. Among the many choices on offer in their groups brochure for 2008 are Private Guided Tours of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, available for the very first time in March and April, when Her Majesty The Queen is in residence at Sandringham and Windsor.

Enjoy Christmas at Windsor Castle

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Friday, 12 October 2007
This Christmas, visitors can soak up the atmosphere at Windsor Castle as it celebrates the season with traditional decorations and festive fare. From 14 December until 7 January, Queen Victoria’s spectacular dinner service will form the centrepiece of a dazzling display of 19th-century silver on the 50-foot-long dining table in the Waterloo Chamber. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent many holidays at Windsor and on Christmas Day would hold a lavish feast - a visitor to the royal kitchens in 1860 described seeing at least 50 turkeys and a 350 lb baron of beef roasting at the fires.

The Big Draw at the Official Residences of The Queen

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Friday, 5 October 2007
Windsor Castle Put Yourself in the Picture 23–28 October 2007, 11:00 – 15:00 Join in the family fun at Windsor Castle this half-term as part of ‘The Big Draw’, the UK’s largest annual drawing event. Follow your activity trail and uncover fascinating facts about the world’s oldest and largest castle. Then visit the Moat Education Room to learn about all the kings and queens who have lived at Windsor over 1,000 years. Draw your own self portrait and help us make a giant collage.

New Publication from the Royal Collection

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Thursday, 4 October 2007
Flora: The ‘Erbario Miniato’ and Other Drawings Two volumes Treatments for a serpent bite, cracks between fingers and a fall from a height are among the hundreds of natural remedies found in this remarkable collection of early botanical drawings. The Erbario Miniato, an early 17th-century herbal, and the drawings from a companion volume (now partly dispersed) were part of the extraordinary Paper Museum (Museo Cartaceo) of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657).

Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting

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Friday, 28 September 2007
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh 28 September 2007 – 6 April 2008 This first exhibition ever mounted of Flemish paintings in the Royal Collection brings together 51 works from the 15th to 17th centuries, including masterpieces by Hans Memling, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan Brueghel, Van Dyck and Rubens. By the 1550s the Netherlands enjoyed a level of wealth that remained unmatched in the West for centuries. The Eighty Years War with Spain, from 1568 to 1648, all but destroyed the region’s infrastructure and creative industries.