Press releases

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

The iPad app that brings Leonardo’s work to life

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Monday, 30 April 2012
Release date: Monday, 30 April 2012 Almost 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death, technology brings the artist’s ground-breaking studies of the human body to life. An iPad app, Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy, allows us to appreciate fully the astonishing accuracy of Leonardo’s work for the first time.

Revealed, an illustrated fairytale from Queen Mary's Dolls' House

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Release date: 17 April 2011 It was designed for the most famous dolls’ house in the world, with pages no bigger than postage stamps. But next month, 90 years after it was written, this tiny book, specially created for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle, will be reproduced on human scale. Thanks to a collaboration between Royal Collection Publications and Walker Books, the fairy story and illustrations contained within J. Smith, by Fougasse, will be revealed in full for the first time.

New Publication - Will There Be Knights and Dragons?

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Release date: Tuesday, 10 April 2012 A Children’s Book about Windsor Castle By Marion McAuley and Leah Kharibian. Illustrations by Katy Sleight. Are there knights and dragons at Windsor Castle? Is the Round Tower really round? Are there any secret passages? How can you tell if The Queen is at home?

Previously unexhibited page from Leonardo's notebooks includes artist's 'to do' list

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Thursday, 5 April 2012
Release date: Thursday, 5 April 2012 Leonardo da Vinci's 'to do' list and his thoughts on what it takes to be a great anatomist are revealed in a remarkable sheet from one of the artist's notebooks. Written around 1510 in his distinctive mirror-writing, the page of notes goes on display for the first time next month in 'Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist' at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

New limited-edition pieces added to the official range of Diamond Jubilee china

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Release date: Wednesday, 4 April 2012 Three new limited-edition pieces have been added to the official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The items are a cake stand (£395) limited to 250, a lionhead bowl (£250) limited to 500, and an ornamental urn (£495) limited to 250.

Use your phone to discover how they change the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Release date: Tuesday, 27 March 2012 Why don’t the guards smile when they are on duty at Buckingham Palace? How do the guards stay in formation when they are marching? These are the kind of questions that visitors watching Guard change at Buckingham Palace really want answers to. Now a Royal Collection app gives them all that information – and more – at the touch of a button.