Press releases

Gold tiger's head from the throne of Tipu Sultan


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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

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, Palace of Holyroodhouse on 27 March.  Through over 60 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

Napoleon's letter of surrender to go on display alongside previously unseen letter from the Duke of Wellington, who defeated him at Waterloo

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Letters written to the future monarch George IV by the Duke of Wellington and the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte – one proclaiming victory, the other defeat – will go on display at Windsor Castle from 31 January 2015. They are part of an exhibition and themed visit, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015, which includes items seized from the battlefield, historic documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives, and contemporary prints and drawings.
Painting by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Juno seeking from Jupiter the gift of Io transformed

Genius of 17th-century lawless rogue revealed in first exhibition of its kind in Scotland

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014
He 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. Lawless and impetuous, most of what is known of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664) is from court documents rather than fulfilled artistic commissions. But Castiglione was one of the most innovative and ground-breaking artists of the Italian Baroque.

First photographs of a royal tour go on display

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Thursday, 6 November 2014
In 1862, the 20-year-old Prince of Wales, eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (and the future King Edward VII), embarked on a tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the photographer Francis Bedford. The resulting images, produced little more than 20 years after the arrival of photography, were the first-ever visual record of a royal tour.

Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 - 2015

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

In 2015 a special themed visit at Windsor Castle, incorporating an exhibition, a trail and a new multimedia tour through the State Apartments, will mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the peace that followed nearly 25 years of war between France, under the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, and the allied forces including those of Great Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia. ... Read more about Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 - 2015

A Royal Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Monday, 20 October 2014
For the first time, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is to be transformed both inside and out for the festive season. From 5 December (until 6 January), the Palace's historic State Apartments, as well as the courtyard and the ornamental fountains, will be adorned with lights, decorations, and rich foliage, making the Palace the ideal place to visit to get into the Christmas spirit.
Image of a table set in the State Dining Room at Windsor Castle

Celebrate the Christmas season at Windsor Castle

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Friday, 10 October 2014
From 1 December until 6 January, Windsor Castle will be transformed inside and out as the magnificent State Apartments and Castle precincts are dressed for the festive season. Visitors will be treated to an array of decorations, from seasonal garlands lining the Grand Staircase to bedecked Christmas trees, including a Nordman Fir from the Windsor Great Park which will stand at six metres tall in St George's Hall.

Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden

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Thursday, 9 October 2014
Whether a sacred sanctuary, a place for scientific study, a haven for the solitary thinker or a space for pure enjoyment and delight, gardens are where mankind and nature meet. A new exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace will explore the many ways in which the garden has been celebrated in art
Collection of images from the 2015 programme of exhibitions and displays

2015 Exhibitions and Displays Programme

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Royal Collection Trust has announced its programme of exhibitions and displays at the royal residences and The Queen's Galleries for the year ahead. Highlights of the programme include a special display to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, an exhibition revealing the ways in which gardens have been celebrated in art over 400 years, and the first ever exhibition solely devoted to Scottish art in the Royal Collection.

How Watson Learned the Trick

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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