Press releases

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.

Give a visit to Buckingham Palace in Diamond Jubilee year

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Friday, 23 March 2012
Release date: Friday, 23 March 2012 To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Collection has launched the Buckingham Palace Jubilee Gift Box. This limited-edition gift includes a copy of Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album, and premium tickets for this year’s Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace and the special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration.

Mystery of the gold crown given to Queen Victoria

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Release date: Thursday, 15 March 2012 A gold crown presented to Queen Victoria in 1862 has long been described as a unique survivor and symbol of power from the Inca civilization. But new research reveals that the object’s origins may be even more intriguing than previously thought. Deborah Clarke of the Royal Collection began researching the crown’s history in preparation for the exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse (from 16 March).
Hyperlink to visit Frogmore House. Photograph of Frogmore House and Garden

Annual openings of Frogmore House and Garden

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Release date: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 Frogmore House and Garden will open to the public on 15, 16 and 17 May for the annual Charity Garden Open Days and on 18, 19 and 20 August 2012, offering visitors the chance to discover a favourite royal retreat set in the magnificent grounds of the private Home Park of Windsor Castle.

On display for the first time, royal miniature by artist who dared to disagree with Queen Victoria

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Monday, 27 February 2012
Release date: Monday, 27 February 2012 For the artist, the shade of his royal sitter’s tie was of great importance. His client thought so too – but they didn’t agree on colour. Although Kenneth Macleay argued quite vehemently that his miniature portrait of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, should show the subject wearing a white tie, he was eventually overruled by the sitter’s mother, Queen Victoria, who wished the tie to be black.

Notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded her Diamond Jubilee celebrations goes on display

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Thursday, 23 February 2012
Release date: Thursday, 23 February 2012 A Fabergé notebook in which Queen Victoria recorded guests who attended her Diamond Jubilee celebrations is to go on display in the exhibition Treasures from The Queen’s Palaces at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse from 16 March. The Queen signed and dated the notebook herself. On every other page are the signatures of her guests, who included crowned heads of Europe.

Family photograph of the future Queen will launch BBC Radio 4 series to mark the Diamond Jubilee

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Thursday, 9 February 2012
Release date: Thursday, 9 February 2012 A family photograph of the two-year-old Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II, will be the first object featured in the BBC Radio 4 series The Art of Monarchy, which starts on Saturday, 11 February (10:30-11:00). Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the eight-part series explores the history of the Monarchy through works acquired by British kings and queens.
Changing the guard in the forecourt of Buckingham PalaceChanging the guard in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Dates finalised for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

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Friday, 3 February 2012
Release date: Friday, 3 February 2012 It was announced today that the dates for the 2012 annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace are 30 June to 8 July and from 31 July until 7 October. During the 22-day closure in July, The Queen, as Head of State, will host a number of events around the launch of the London 2012 Games. The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace includes a visit to the 19 State Rooms and the special exhibition, Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration.

Diamond Jubilee teapot goes on sale

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Friday, 27 January 2012
Release date: Friday, 27 January 2012 Two limited-edition pieces have been added to the official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The new items are an English teapot (£250), limited to 500, and a tea caddy (£175), limited to 1,000. This is the first time the Royal Collection has included a tea caddy in a commemorative range.

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.