Press releases

A Kitchen fit for Kings and Queen

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Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Visitors to Windsor Castle can take a guided tour ‘behind the scenes’ to the Castle’s Great Kitchen, the oldest working kitchen in the country. Dating back to the reign of Edward III, the Great Kitchen has remained in constant use for over 650 years and has served 32 British monarchs. The tour introduces the history of royal dining, past and present, and gives a fascinating insight into Windsor Castle as a working royal palace.

Celebrate the festive season at Windsor Castle

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Festive displays and activities make Windsor Castle an ideal place to visit this Christmas. The Castle will be getting into the spirit of the season from 3 December. Just for the Christmas period, the table in Windsor’s State Dining Room will be set for a festive Victorian dessert course and dressed with dazzling silver-gilt from the Grand Service.

Royal Collection Publications appoints new US distributor

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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Royal Collection Publications has appointed the University of Chicago Press as their new distributor in the United States and Canada. From 1 January 2010, UCP will be responsible for the fulfilment of all new and backlist trade titles. The Royal Collection produces between ten and twelve new publications a year, including exhibition catalogues, gift books and scholarly catalogues raisonnés.

Victoria & Albert: Art & Love

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Thursday, 15 October 2009
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 19 March – 31 October 2010 This exhibition is the first ever to focus on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s shared enthusiasm for art. Bringing together more than 400 items from the Royal Collection, it celebrates the royal couple’s mutual delight in collecting and displaying works of art, from the time of their engagement in 1839 to the Prince’s untimely death in 1861.

Appointment of new Director of the Royal Collection

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Thursday, 16 July 2009
Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mr Jonathan Marsden to the position of Director Designate of the Royal Collection. Mr Marsden, who is currently Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art, will succeed Sir Hugh Roberts as Director of the Royal Collection on Sir Hugh’s retirement in April 2010. The Director of the Royal Collection is the most senior position in the Royal Collection, one of the five departments of the Royal Household.

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

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Tuesday, 14 July 2009
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse 2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010 This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole.

Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour - The Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009
26 July – 30 September 2009 This year marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the modern Commonwealth. In 1949 the London Declaration recognised the British Monarch as the symbol of the free association of independent member nations and as Head of the Commonwealth.

Annual summer opening of Frogmore House and Garden

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Tuesday, 10 February 2009
The summer opening of Frogmore House and Garden offers the chance to discover a delightful royal retreat. The house and garden will open to the public for three Charity Garden Open Days in May and during the Bank Holiday weekend in August. Private daytime and evening tours for pre-booked coach groups are also available during August and September.

French Porcelain for English Palaces: Sevres from the Royal Collection

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Friday, 30 January 2009
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace 23 May - 11 October 2009 This exhibition brings together around 300 pieces created by the pre-eminent European porcelain factory of the 18th century. The finely painted and gilded works by Sèvres were loved by royalty, aristocrats, connoisseurs and collectors. The factory’s unrivalled techniques and complex methods of production appealed to their liking for the rare, exotic and extravagant.

Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition

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Thursday, 1 January 2009
The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle 8 April 2009 - 18 April 2010 A special exhibition to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne will be shown at Windsor Castle, the monarch’s one-time home and final resting place. Henry VIII was proclaimed king on 23 April 1509, just before his 18th birthday, and reigned for almost 38 years, until his death in 1547.