Press releases

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).
Portrait of Derich Born, 1533 by Hans Holbein the Younger

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012
This exhibition celebrates the Renaissance in northern Europe, the counterpart to the revolution in art and scholarship that took place in Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries. The period was dominated by the intense rivalry between the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor, the kings of France and Henry VIII of England. Political ambitions were mirrored by fierce competition between rulers to attract the best artists to their courts – among them Lucas Cranach the Elder, François Clouet, Leonardo da Vinci and Hans Holbein the Younger.
Portrait of The Queen wearing a drak Admiral's cloack against a plain background by the photographer Cecil Beaton in 1968.

The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch

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Monday, 23 July 2012
Her Majesty The Queen has been portrayed by some of our most accomplished artists and photographers during her 60-year reign. This autumn, a new exhibition at Windsor Castle presents a selection of official, commissioned and formal portraits that highlight the diverse ways in which Her Majesty has been represented in different media throughout her six decades on the throne. Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the anniversary of the Coronation in 2013, The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch includes work by Andy Warhol, Dorothy Wilding, Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lucian Freud, Rankin and Annie Leibovitz.
The Braemar Gathering, Deeside

The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years

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Sunday, 22 July 2012
Sixty photographs of Her Majesty The Queen go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The exhibition includes the work of leading press photographers of the past six decades and presents a portrait of The Queen’s reign as captured in fleeting moments on both official occasions and at relaxed family gatherings. Also on display is the official Diamond Jubilee portrait of The Queen, taken in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace in December 2011.

10,000 diamonds go on display at Buckingham Palace to mark the Jubilee

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012
More than 10,000 diamonds set in works acquired by six monarchs over three centuries go on display at Buckingham Palace to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year reign. The special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration (30 June – 8 July & 31 July – 7 October) includes a number of The Queen’s personal jewels and works from the Royal Collection chosen for their artistic significance and their historic importance, and for the supreme skill in diamond cutting and mounting they embody.

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

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Monday, 11 June 2012
Release date: Monday, 11 June 2012 This year Her Majesty The Queen became only the second sovereign in British history to have reigned for 60 years. In celebration, a spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace will show the many ways in which diamonds have been used and worn by British monarchs over the last two centuries.