Press releases

Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present

Release date: 
Friday, 29 March 2013

For generations, Britain’s kings, queens and their families have been inspired to paint, sketch and sculpt.  Accompanying the ITV programme Royal Paintbox, an exhibition of the same name at Windsor Castle this summer charts the history of royal artists from the 17th century to the present day.  It includes works by George III and his children, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and by Her Majesty The Queen.  Also on display are a group of watercolours by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who plays a leading role in the fil ... Read more about Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013
An exhibition that sheds new light on Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical work opens at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, in August. Long renowned as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance, Leonardo was also one of the greatest anatomists the world has ever seen.

Antiquities collected by a future king reunite 150 years on, as the first photography of a royal tour goes on display

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Greek and Egyptian antiquities collected by King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, are to be reunited for the first time in 150 years for an exhibition of photography at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion

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Monday, 28 January 2013
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 10 May – 6 October 2013 For the Tudor and Stuart elite, luxurious clothing was an essential component of court life. Garments and accessories – and the way in which they were worn – conveyed important messages about wealth, gender, age, social position, marital status and religion. Through the evidence of portraiture, In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion traces changing tastes in fashionable attire and the spread of fashion through the royal courts of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Using paintings, drawings and prints from the Royal Collection, and rare surviving examples of clothing and accessories, it explores the style of the rich and famous of the Tudor and Stuart periods.

The Queen’s Coronation 1953

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013
The special exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace 27 July - 29 September 2013 This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To celebrate this anniversary, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will bring together an unprecedented array of the dress, uniform and robes worn for the historic event.

The official china range to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013
The official range of commemorative china to mark the anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation is now on sale. Inspired by the Coronation procession on 2 June 1953, the design reflects the pomp and pageantry of a grand State ceremonial occasion. The Queen acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey the following year. On the day, some three million people lined the streets of London to watch the Coronation procession, when The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, made her way to and from Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach.
Grayson Perry RA, untitled

Royal Academy celebrates Diamond Jubilee with gift of art for The Queen

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Thursday, 13 December 2012
Her Majesty The Queen has been presented with a gift of 97 works on paper by the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The portfolio includes prints, drawings, photographs and works in oil, watercolour and mixed media, contributed by 93 Academicians. The gift has been added to the Royal Collection and will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace next autumn. Some of the most high-profile Academicians are represented in the portfolio, including, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry among others.
William Coden, the Younger, Queen Victoria's Christmas Tree, 1851

Queen Victoria’s Christmas - A ‘chandelier Christmas tree’ and family gifts go on display for the first time

Release date: 
Friday, 30 November 2012
From 1 December, visitors to Windsor Castle can see how Queen Victoria and her young family celebrated Christmas at home. A glittering chandelier decorated to resemble a hanging Christmas tree and the State Dining Room laid for a seasonal feast are part of the Castle’s traditional festive display this year. The display also includes Christmas presents exchanged by members of Queen Victoria’s family, some on show for the first time.

Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse 8 March – 21 July 2013 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, Palace of Holyroodhouse, 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.

Photograph of the Royal Family at Balmoral goes on display in Diamond Jubilee exhibition

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Thursday, 15 November 2012
An image selected by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for their personal Christmas card in 1955 goes on display in a special Diamond Jubilee exhibition opening tomorrow at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years (16 November – 24 February 2013) captures Her Majesty in fleeting moments on official occasions and at relaxed family gatherings in Scotland and around the world.