Press releases

Revealed, an illustrated fairytale from Queen Mary's Dolls' House

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Release date: 17 April 2011 It was designed for the most famous dolls’ house in the world, with pages no bigger than postage stamps. But next month, 90 years after it was written, this tiny book, specially created for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle, will be reproduced on human scale. Thanks to a collaboration between Royal Collection Publications and Walker Books, the fairy story and illustrations contained within J. Smith, by Fougasse, will be revealed in full for the first time.

New Publication - Will There Be Knights and Dragons?

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Release date: Tuesday, 10 April 2012 A Children’s Book about Windsor Castle By Marion McAuley and Leah Kharibian. Illustrations by Katy Sleight. Are there knights and dragons at Windsor Castle? Is the Round Tower really round? Are there any secret passages? How can you tell if The Queen is at home?

Previously unexhibited page from Leonardo's notebooks includes artist's 'to do' list

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Thursday, 5 April 2012
Release date: Thursday, 5 April 2012 Leonardo da Vinci's 'to do' list and his thoughts on what it takes to be a great anatomist are revealed in a remarkable sheet from one of the artist's notebooks. Written around 1510 in his distinctive mirror-writing, the page of notes goes on display for the first time next month in 'Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist' at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

New limited-edition pieces added to the official range of Diamond Jubilee china

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Release date: Wednesday, 4 April 2012 Three new limited-edition pieces have been added to the official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The items are a cake stand (£395) limited to 250, a lionhead bowl (£250) limited to 500, and an ornamental urn (£495) limited to 250.

Use your phone to discover how they change the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Release date: Tuesday, 27 March 2012 Why don’t the guards smile when they are on duty at Buckingham Palace? How do the guards stay in formation when they are marching? These are the kind of questions that visitors watching Guard change at Buckingham Palace really want answers to. Now a Royal Collection app gives them all that information – and more – at the touch of a button.

Give a visit to Buckingham Palace in Diamond Jubilee year

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Friday, 23 March 2012
Release date: Friday, 23 March 2012 To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Collection has launched the Buckingham Palace Jubilee Gift Box. This limited-edition gift includes a copy of Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album, and premium tickets for this year’s Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace and the special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration.

Mystery of the gold crown given to Queen Victoria

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Release date: Thursday, 15 March 2012 A gold crown presented to Queen Victoria in 1862 has long been described as a unique survivor and symbol of power from the Inca civilization. But new research reveals that the object’s origins may be even more intriguing than previously thought. Deborah Clarke of the Royal Collection began researching the crown’s history in preparation for the exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse (from 16 March).
Hyperlink to visit Frogmore House. Photograph of Frogmore House and Garden

Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Release date: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 Frogmore House and Garden will open to the public on 15, 16 and 17 May for the annual Charity Garden Open Days and on 18, 19 and 20 August 2012, offering visitors the chance to discover a favourite royal retreat set in the magnificent grounds of the private Home Park of Windsor Castle.

On display for the first time, royal miniature by artist who dared to disagree with Queen Victoria

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Monday, 27 February 2012
Release date: Monday, 27 February 2012 For the artist, the shade of his royal sitter’s tie was of great importance. His client thought so too – but they didn’t agree on colour. Although Kenneth Macleay argued quite vehemently that his miniature portrait of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, should show the subject wearing a white tie, he was eventually overruled by the sitter’s mother, Queen Victoria, who wished the tie to be black.

Notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded her Diamond Jubilee celebrations goes on display

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Thursday, 23 February 2012
Release date: Thursday, 23 February 2012 A Fabergé notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded guests who attended her Diamond Jubilee celebrations is to go on display in the exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse from 16 March. The Queen signed and dated the notebook herself. On every other page are the signatures of her guests, who included crowned heads of Europe.