Press releases

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.

Christmas at the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Frogmore House and Garden – the charming royal retreat set within Windsor Castle's magnificent private Home Park – will open to the public on 3, 4 and 5 June, as part of the annual Charity Garden Open Days, and on 16, 17 and 18 August 2014.  ... Read more about Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

A Royal Cookbook: Seasonal recipes from Buckingham Palace

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Re-create a royal menu at home with Royal Collection Trust's first-ever cookbook. Written by the Royal Chef and the Deputy Master of The Queen's Household, A Royal Cookbook presents four three-course menus adapted from those prepared in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace and served to guests of Her Majesty The Queen.

Exhibition celebrates the 300th anniversary of a new royal dynasty

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Monday, 7 April 2014
Three hundred years ago Georg Ludwig, Elector of Hanover in Germany, acceded to the British throne as George I, the country's first constitutional monarch. Now the first exhibition to tell the story of the king who established an unbroken line of royal succession to Her Majesty The Queen opens at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace this Friday (11 April).