Press releases

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

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Friday, 23 December 2011
Release date: Friday, 23 December 2011 A Royal Collection Touring Exhibition January 2012 - January 2013 To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, ten of the Royal Collection’s finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci will travel to five museums and galleries across the United Kingdom. The exhibition has been selected to show the extraordinary scope of Leonardo’s interests – painting and sculpture, engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics and anatomy – and his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, and metalpoint.

The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years

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Monday, 19 December 2011
Release date: Monday, 19 December 2011 The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle 4 February – 28 October 2012 Sixty photographs of Her Majesty The Queen, including the work of leading press photographers of the past six decades, will go on display at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The exhibition presents a portrait of The Queen’s reign as captured in fleeting moments on both official occasions and at relaxed family gatherings.

Exhibition Programme 2012

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Monday, 19 December 2011
Release date: Monday, 19 December 2011 The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Until 15 April 2012

Art that tells the story of 900 years of Monarchy

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Friday, 2 December 2011
Release date: Friday, 2 December 2011 A collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and the Royal Collection To mark Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, BBC Radio 4 illuminates the long history of the Monarchy in a new eight-part series, The Art of Monarchy (broadcast from February 2012). Presented by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, the programmes explore the monarchs who have ruled these islands through the works of art they have acquired.

Queen Victoria's Christmas returns to Windsor Castle

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Friday, 25 November 2011
Release date: Friday, 25 November 2011 A Christmas tree will hang from a ceiling at Windsor Castle in a recreation of Queen Victoria’s Christmas. From Saturday, 26 November, visitors to the Castle will see how the Queen and Prince Albert celebrated Christmas at Windsor with their young family. The State Dining Room and Octagon Dining Room will be transformed with displays of Victorian festive dining and a reconstruction of Victoria and Albert’s Christmas gift tables.

Diamond Jubilee china launches today

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Monday, 10 October 2011
Release date: Monday, 10 October 2011 The official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee goes on sale today (Monday, 10 October). The Royal Collection range was inspired by the Rockingham Service, first used in 1838 at the coronation banquet of Queen Victoria, the only other monarch to celebrate 60 years on the throne.

Leader who called himself ‘King of England’ moves to V&A

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Friday, 7 October 2011
Release date: Friday, 7 October 2011 Three of history’s greatest military leaders have taken up a commanding position in the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, where they will stay for the next two years. The life-size portraits by Leone Leoni, among the most important Renaissance bronze sculptures in existence, have been generously loaned from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty The Queen.

The Royal Collection launches exclusive Christmas products

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Monday, 26 September 2011
Release date: Monday, 26 September 2011 The Royal Collection launches a number of exclusive new products for Christmas to give your gifts the regal touch. They include a retro range for the kitchen, some very royal toys and elegant jewellery and stationery. ‘GOD SAVE THE QUEEN’ RETRO RANGE The design of our ‘God Save The Queen’ retro range is inspired by beautiful antique flags.

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

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Friday, 12 August 2011
Release date: Friday, 12 August 2011 The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 21 October 2011 – 15 April 2012 It is a story of heroism and bravery, and ultimately of tragedy, that has mesmerised generations. One hundred years on from their epic voyages to the very limits of the Earth, and of man’s endurance, the legends of Scott and Shackleton live on.

The Royal Collection’s first book for children

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Thursday, 11 August 2011
Release date: Thursday, 11 August 2011 A Children’s Book about Buckingham Palace By Marion McAuley, illustrations by Katy Sleight Does The Queen wear her crown in bed and who walks the corgis when she’s busy? Those are the sort of details children really want to know about life at Buckingham Palace.