Press releases

The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress to go on display at Buckingham Palace this summer

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Monday, 6 June 2011
Release date: Monday, 6 June 2011 The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, will go on display at Buckingham Palace during the annual Summer Opening (23 July – 3 October 2011). The Duchess chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Her Royal Highness worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Release date: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse 17 June 2011 – 15 January 2012 A new 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.
Queen Victoria's Small Diamond Crown

Royal Collection exhibitions across the UK will celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012

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Thursday, 5 May 2011
Release date: Thursday, 5 May 2011 The Royal Collection today announced a programme of exhibitions at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and a touring exhibition to five UK venues to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee next year. Jonathan Marsden, Director of the Royal Collection, said, ‘Our exhibitions celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee through many of the finest works of art in the Royal Collection, and we are particularly delighted to be sharing, on behalf of The Queen, some of these great treasures with museums and galleries across the UK.'

The Royal Collection launches the first official ‘Royal App’

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Release date: Tuesday, 5 April 2011 The Royal Collection will launch the first official ‘Royal App’ about royal weddings of the past, in the run-up to the forthcoming marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton. The Royal Weddings app tells the story of seven royal weddings, from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840, to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. It will be available to download for Apple and Android from 18 April 2011.
Frogmore House and Gardens

Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

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Friday, 25 March 2011
Release date: Friday, 25 March 2011 A favourite royal retreat for over 300 years, Frogmore House and Garden will open to the public on 17, 18 and 19 May for the annual Charity Garden Open Days and on 6, 7 and 8 August 2011. Visitors have the chance to discover Frogmore’s delightful interiors and beautiful grounds set in the magnificent private Home Park of Windsor Castle.

Dutch Landscapes

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Thursday, 17 March 2011
Release date: Thursday, 17 March 2011 The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace 15 April - 9 October 2011 This exhibition of 42 paintings draws on the Royal Collection’s rich holdings of Dutch 17th-century landscapes, including works by Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van der Heyden and Meyndert Hobbema. By the 17th century, landscape painting was well established as a distinct art form and one in which Netherlandish artists excelled.

Royal Fabergé - special exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace announced

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Thursday, 17 March 2011
Release date: Thursday, 17 March 2011 Over 100 masterpieces by Peter Carl Fabergé, the greatest Russian jeweller and goldsmith of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will go on display in a special exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. Royal Fabergé explores how six successive generations of the British Royal Family, from Queen Victoria to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, have shaped the finest collection of Fabergé in the world – unparalleled in size, range and quality. The exhibition includes a number of works on public display for the first time.
A photograph of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle

Conquer the Tower at Windsor Castle: A new tour launched this summer

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Friday, 21 January 2011
Release date: Friday, 21 January 2011 For over 800 years, Windsor Castle’s world-famous Round Tower has dominated the surrounding landscape. Now a new guided tour, ‘Conquer the Tower’, takes visitors inside the Round Tower and up 200 steps to the top of one of the nation’s iconic landmarks. From a height of 65.5 metres above the River Thames, they can enjoy breathtaking views of the Castle and historic parkland, the Thames Valley, the London skyline and across several counties. The tour runs daily throughout August and September 2011.
Oil painting of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh by David Poole, 1986

Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years

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Saturday, 1 January 2011
Release date: Saturday, 1 January 2011 The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle 12 February 2011 – 22 January 2012 His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh celebrates his 90th birthday on 10 June 2011. To mark this occasion, a special exhibition will be shown in the Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle, home to The Duke of Edinburgh, as Consort of Her Majesty The Queen, for nearly 60 years.
Photograph of the official commemorative range of china launched to mark the Royal Wedding

Official commemorative Royal Wedding china launched

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Saturday, 1 January 2011
Release date: Saturday, 1 January 2011 HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton have approved the Royal Collection’s range of china commissioned to commemorate their forthcoming marriage on 29 April 2011. The official Royal Wedding range includes a tankard (£35), eight-inch plate (£40) and pill box (£25) in English fine bone china. Each piece bears the couple’s entwined initials in gold and silver surmounted by the coronet of Prince William and the wedding date.