Press releases

How Watson Learned the Trick

Release date: 
Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A lesser-known tale about one of the most famous partnerships in crime fiction will be published next month by Walker Books in collaboration with Royal Collection Trust.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's much-loved characters, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr John H Watson, are bought to life in a book measuring just 38.5 x 30 mm, an exact replica of the hand-written story created by Conan Doyle exclusively for Queen Mary's Dolls' House in 1922.  ... Read more about How Watson Learned the Trick

Castiglione: Lost Genius

Release date: 
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

He was one of the most innovative artists of the Italian Baroque.  Yet Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664) was also a violent and impetuous man, who was repeatedly in court for assault, allegedly attempted to throw his sister off a roof, destroyed his own work in front of powerful patrons, and was forced to flee Rome in mysterious circumstances. ... Read more about Castiglione: Lost Genius


Release date: 
Friday, 8 August 2014

The beauty and symbolism of gold, from the Early Bronze Age to the 20th century, is celebrated in an exhibition opening at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace in November.  Through 50 items drawn from across the entire breadth of the Royal Collection, Gold explores the distinctive qualities that make this rare and precious metal an enduring expression of the highest status, both earthly and divine. ... Read more about Gold

Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

Release date: 
Friday, 8 August 2014

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, Buckingham Palace, 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.  ... Read more about Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

Daniel Day-Lewis making recordings of his father C Day-Lewis's poems

Exhibition brings words of Britain's Poets Laureate to life through voices past and present

Release date: 
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
The words of Poets Laureate across three and a half centuries are brought to life in a new exhibition opening this week at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. Historic recordings and contemporary readings by Poets Laureate, including Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ted Hughes, Sir John Betjeman and Carol Ann Duffy, as well as actors Timothy West, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis and Dame Judi Dench, bring new resonance to some of Britain's greatest and best-loved poems.

A new exhibition at Buckingham Palace brings together nine generations of royal children

Release date: 
Friday, 25 July 2014
An exhibition featuring well-loved toys, treasured family gifts and tiny outfits belonging to nine generations of royal children opens at Buckingham Palace on Saturday, 26 July 2014 at the annual Summer Opening of the State Rooms.

Christmas at the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen

Release date: 
Monday, 14 July 2014

This December, the State Apartments at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be transformed with festive decorations, offering visitors a taste of Christmas at the royal residences. ... Read more about Christmas at the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen

Princess Victoria, 1830

Childhood 'behaviour book' reveals the conduct of the future Queen Victoria, aged 12

Release date: 
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Often 'very good', occasionally 'rather impertinent' and sometimes 'very naughty' – all descriptions of 12-year-old Queen Victoria from a previously unseen 'behaviour book', one of over 100 items from 250 years of royal childhood that go on display later this month at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (26 July – 28 September 2014).
Treasures from the Royal Archives publication cover

Treasures from the Royal Archives

Release date: 
Monday, 19 May 2014
From the private diaries of monarchs and letters from Prime Ministers, to household account books and a kitchen maid's recipes, Treasures from the Royal Archives provides an unparalleled insight into the lives and activities of generations of the royal family.
Title deed for Buckingham Palace, 1763

Documents from the Royal Family's private archive go on display at Windsor Castle

Release date: 
Friday, 16 May 2014
From the title deed of Buckingham Palace to George III's reflections on the loss of America, the Royal Archives contains an unparalleled collection of documents that capture key moments in the history of the British Monarchy.