Press releases

Evening tour of Windsor Castle launched for the Christmas season

Release date: 
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Start your seasonal celebrations in style with a visit to Windsor Castle, once its doors have closed to the public. The Castle’s new exclusive evening tour takes you through the sumptuous State Apartments in the company of an expert guide. Available on four evenings in December, it offers a unique opportunity to do something very special this festive season and go ‘behind the ropes’ at the Castle.

The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: The Baroque

Release date: 
Monday, 4 August 2008
13 November 2008 – 8 March 2009 The drama of the Baroque comes to Edinburgh in part two of The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection. The 31 paintings and 43 drawings selected for the exhibition reflect the great stylistic diversity of the period, which gave birth to the powerful realism of Caravaggio, the revolutionary naturalism of the Carracci and the cool classicism of Poussin and Domenichino.

Her Majesty The Queen receives gift of Royal portraits by Yousuf Karsh

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Thursday, 17 July 2008
Her Majesty The Queen has been presented with a group of 43 photographs of Members of the Royal Family taken by the Armenian-born Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh between 1943 and 1987. This generous gift from the Karsh Estate marks the centenary of the birth of Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), one of the most accomplished portrait photographers of the 20th century. It includes both well-known and unfamiliar images, among them portraits of HM The Queen, HM King George VI, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and HRH The Prince of Wales. The gift will form part of the Royal Photograph Collection.

Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting

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Wednesday, 25 June 2008
This first exhibition ever mounted of Flemish paintings in the Royal Collection brings together 51 works from the 15th to 17th centuries, including masterpieces by Hans Memling, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan Brueghel, Van Dyck and Rubens. By the 1550s the Netherlands enjoyed a level of wealth that remained unmatched in the West for centuries. The Eighty Years War with Spain, from 1568 to 1648, all but destroyed the region’s infrastructure and creative industries. The paintings in the exhibition were produced in the Southern (Spanish-ruled) Netherlands during this period of extraordinary turbulence and its immediate aftermath, when peace was finally restored to the region.

A State Banquet at Buckingham Palace this summer

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Tuesday, 27 May 2008
For the first time ever and for this summer only, visitors to Buckingham Palace will experience the spectacle of the Ballroom set up for a State Banquet. Held in honour of a visiting Head of State, the State Banquet is the occasion when The Queen entertains around 170 guests on the first evening of a State Visit. During Her Majesty’s reign, seventy-seven State Banquets have been held at Buckingham Palace, eighteen at Windsor Castle and two at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The State Banquet at Windsor for the President of the French Republic and Madame Nicolas Sarkozy on 26 March was the 97th hosted by The Queen since her accession in 1952.

New Publication- For The Royal Table: Dining at the Palace

Release date: 
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
This lavishly illustrated book gives a unique insight into nearly 500 years of royal dining, from Henry VIII’s tournament feast at Greenwich in 1517 to the magnificent State Banquets hosted by Her Majesty The Queen today. Previously unpublished material from the Royal Archives, including historic menus and recipes, show how the royal tradition of hospitality has marked coronations, cemented diplomatic relations and celebrated family weddings and christenings. For The Royal Table provides a glimpse behind the scenes at the preparations for a State Banquet and is published to accompany the special State Banquet display at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (29 July – 29 September 2008).

Charles, Prince of Wales: A Birthday Souvenir Album

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Thursday, 17 April 2008
Royal Collection Publications, May 2008 Price £9.99 hardback 200 x 200mm, 120 pages, 270 illustrations ISBN 978 1 905686 04 9 To celebrate the 60th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in November this year, the Royal Collection will publish an official ‘biography in pictures’ to accompany an exhibition opening at Windsor Castle on 16 May.

New publication from the Royal Collection: Mr Marshal's Flower Book

Release date: 
Thursday, 3 April 2008
oyal Collection Publications, 19 May 2008 £9.95 hardback 190 x 150mm 192 pages, 140 colour illustrations ISBN 978-1-905686-03-2 This enchanting new publication celebrates the work of Alexander Marshal and his exquisite Florilegium, the only surviving example of a 17th-century English flower-book. It takes the reader through a year in the life of an English garden, from the snowdrops and crocuses of early spring to autumnal gourds and Chinese lanterns. Although little known today, Alexander Marshal was one of the most extraordinary botanical artists of his time. Mr Marshal’s Flower Book, the first popular introduction to the artist’s life and work, will delight garden enthusiasts and art-lovers alike.

New Display of the Order of the Thistle at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Thursday, 3 April 2008
A new display celebrating the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, the highest honour in Scotland, will open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, on 25 April 2008. The Thistle is awarded to Scottish men and women who have made significant contributions to national life. Her Majesty The Queen is Sovereign of the Order, and appointments to the Order, which are her personal gift, are made on St Andrew’s Day (30 November). New Knights are installed at a ceremony at St Giles’ Cathedral during The Queen’s annual residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in July. A luncheon takes place in the Palace’s Throne Room to mark the occasion.

New audio tour for the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Release date: 
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
A new complimentary audio tour of the Royal Mews takes you behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and provides a unique insight into the work of the Royal Household. A living part of Britain’s heritage with roots back to the 14th century, the Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in the world and houses the collection of royal coaches and carriages. It is responsible for all road travel by The Queen and members of the Royal Family, whether by historic vehicle or modern car, and its staff carry out their day-to-day activities during public opening hours.

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