Press releases

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.
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

Castiglione: Lost Genius

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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

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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

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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

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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.