Press releases

Grayson Perry RA, untitled

Royal Academy celebrates Diamond Jubilee with gift of art for The Queen

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Thursday, 13 December 2012
Her Majesty The Queen has been presented with a gift of 97 works on paper by the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The portfolio includes prints, drawings, photographs and works in oil, watercolour and mixed media, contributed by 93 Academicians. The gift has been added to the Royal Collection and will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace next autumn. Some of the most high-profile Academicians are represented in the portfolio, including, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry among others.
William Coden, the Younger, Queen Victoria's Christmas Tree, 1851

Queen Victoria’s Christmas - A ‘chandelier Christmas tree’ and family gifts go on display for the first time

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Friday, 30 November 2012
From 1 December, visitors to Windsor Castle can see how Queen Victoria and her young family celebrated Christmas at home. A glittering chandelier decorated to resemble a hanging Christmas tree and the State Dining Room laid for a seasonal feast are part of the Castle’s traditional festive display this year. The display also includes Christmas presents exchanged by members of Queen Victoria’s family, some on show for the first time.

Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse 8 March – 21 July 2013 In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on an educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94). An exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, documents this journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to join a royal tour. It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region, which was then as complex and contested as it remains today.

Photograph of the Royal Family at Balmoral goes on display in Diamond Jubilee exhibition

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Thursday, 15 November 2012
An image selected by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for their personal Christmas card in 1955 goes on display in a special Diamond Jubilee exhibition opening tomorrow at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years (16 November – 24 February 2013) captures Her Majesty in fleeting moments on official occasions and at relaxed family gatherings in Scotland and around the world.

Dressing The Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe

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Sunday, 4 November 2012
In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee year, this unique publication explores how Her Majesty The Queen has stood out from the crowd on her many engagements and maintained her unfailing sense of style. Written by Angela Kelly, Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Queen Elizabeth II, the book opens the door to the world of the Dressers’ Floor at Buckingham Palace and provides a first-hand account of the work of those directly responsible for The Queen’s wardrobe.

Enemies and allies at Henry VIII's court reunite in a new exhibition at The Queen's Gallery

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Monday, 29 October 2012
The court of Henry VIII was characterised by political intrigue and betrayal. Careers were made and lives lost by courtiers vying for the King’s favour – or daring to defy him. More than 500 years on, the enemies and allies from Henry’s court are reunited at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, in the exhibition 'The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein', opening on Friday, 2 November.
Crown Teapot

Christmas gift ideas from Royal Collection Trust

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Crown Teapot Royal Collection Trust, maker of the official ranges of royal commemorative china, is launching a very special Crown Teapot (£295.00) for Christmas. Handmade using traditional methods in the Staffordshire potteries, each teapot takes seven days to produce and is individually cast, hand decorated and embellished with burnished gold.

Secrets of a Holbein portrait revealed after 400 years

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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Its history in the Royal Collection dates back to the reign of Charles I. But when Holbein’s portrait 'Hans of Antwerp' came into royal possession in the 17th century, repairs to the painting already obscured the identity of the sitter. This week, after two years of conservation and research, staff at Royal Collection Trust can reveal details that had been lost for 400 years and clues as to who Hans of Antwerp really was. The newly conserved portrait is one of 27 works by Holbein to go on display in the exhibition The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein, opening next month at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (2 November 2012 – 14 April 2013).
Elizabeth I when a Princess, 1546 - Attributed to William Scrots

2013 Exhibition Programme

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Friday, 5 October 2012
Release date: Friday, 5 October 2012 The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 2 November 2012 – 14 April 2013 The Renaissance in northern Europe was the counterpart to the revolution in art and scholarship that took place in Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries. It was a period marked by dramatic change – monarchs vied for territorial power, reformers questioned the central tenets of Christian faith and scholars sought greater understanding of their world.

Warhol’s ‘diamond-dusted’ portraits of The Queen acquired for the Royal Collection

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Monday, 24 September 2012
Royal Collection Trust has purchased four portraits of The Queen by Andy Warhol for the Royal Collection to mark Her Majesty’s Jubilee. The screenprints (100 x 80 cm each) will be displayed for the first time in the exhibition The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch at Windsor Castle (23 November 2012 – 9 June 2013).