Press releases

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.
Diamond Jubilee Tea and Cake

Official Diamond Jubilee tea and cake

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Thursday, 31 May 2012
Release date: Thursday, 31 May 2012 If you are searching for the perfect ingredient for a Diamond Jubilee tea party, this may be exactly what you require. To mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years on the throne, the Royal Collection has commissioned a fruitcake from Fiona Cairns, the cake designer who made the wedding cake for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut holds Diamond Diadem

Famous Diamond Diadem on stamps and coins will go on display for Jubilee exhibition

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Release date: Tuesday, 29 May 2012 The Diamond Diadem, worn by The Queen on British and Commonwealth stamps, is to go on display at Buckingham Palace this summer, in an exhibition that celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years on the throne. Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration, part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (30 June – 8 July & 31 July – 7 October), shows the many ways in which diamonds have been used and worn by British monarchs over the last two centuries.
Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut holds the Cullinan III and IV Brooch. Photographer: Ian Jones

Jewellery made from the world's largest diamond is to go on display

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Jewellery made from the largest diamond ever found will go on display at Buckingham Palace this summer in the special exhibition 'Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration', part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (30 June – 8 July & 31 July – 7 October)

Largest exhibition of Leonardo’s anatomical work reveals a genius centuries ahead of his rivals

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Monday, 30 April 2012
Release date: Monday, 30 April 2012 Leonardo da Vinci’s ground-breaking studies of the human body are to go on display in the largest-ever exhibition of his anatomical work. The exhibition, which takes place almost 500 years after his death, will feature 87 pages from Leonardo’s notebooks, including 24 sides of previously unexhibited material