Press releases

Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

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Monday, 9 March 2015
This year, Frogmore House and Garden – the charming royal retreat set within Windsor Castle's magnificent private Home Park – will open to the public on 2, 3 and 4 June, as part of the annual Charity Garden Open Days, and on 25, 26 and 27 August 2015.
Meiji model of Taitokuin Mausoleum on display at the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition in London

Magnificent model of Japanese architectural treasure returns to Tokyo

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Thursday, 5 February 2015
A spectacular 1:10 scale model of one of Tokyo's most important lost architectural treasures has returned to Japan after more than 100 years. Part of the British Royal Collection, the model represents the Taitokuin Mausoleum, the memorial to Tokugawa Hidetada (1579 –1632), the second Tokugawa Shogun.

George IV's battlefield souvenirs go on display as Windsor Castle marks 200th anniversary of Waterloo

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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Napoleon's cloak, taken from the defeated Emperor's fleeing baggage train; a chair made from the tree that marked the Duke of Wellington's command post on the battlefield; and one of George IV's most prized possessions – a table commissioned by Napoleon to immortalise his reign – are among the unique artefacts from the Royal Collection that will go on display at Windsor Castle to mark the 200th anniversary of the momentous battle.

Henry VIII's copy of the world's first gardening manual reveals green-fingered tips, from growing giant leeks to using goat manure

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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Cucumbers shake with fear at thunder; squash will bear fruit after nine days if planted in the ashes of human bone and watered with oil; and planting a radish, lettuce seed, nasturtium and colewort inside a ball of goat manure will result in tasty lettuces.
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.