Press releases

A Victorian Christmas at Windsor Castle

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Friday, 13 August 2010
Release date: Friday, 13 August 2010 Special displays and activities at Windsor Castle take on a Victorian theme from 10 December 2010 until 5 January 2011. To celebrate the Christmas period, the table in the Castle’s magnificent State Dining Room will be dressed with pieces from the Minton ‘Victoria’ dessert service.

Tours of the romantic Abbey ruins launched this summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Thursday, 10 June 2010
Release date: Thursday, 10 June 2010 The abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I of Scotland for the Augustinian Canons. According to medieval legend, a vision of a stag with a cross glowing between its antlers came to David while hunting in the area. Interpreting this as an act of God, the King declared that an abbey should be built on the same spot.

The Queen’s Year - The Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

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Thursday, 20 May 2010
Release date: Thursday, 20 May 2010 A special exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace 27 July – 1 October 2010 The Queen’s Year, the special exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, presents the spectacle and variety of the royal calendar, from the Royal Maundy Service and the Trooping the Colour ceremony to the State Opening of Parliament and Her Majesty’s Christmas broadcast.

New for Groups this Summer - A Visit to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace and a Highlights Tour of the Palace Garden

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Monday, 17 May 2010
Release date: Monday, 17 May 2010 For Summer 2010, the Royal Collection is offering groups the chance to combine a visit to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace – and the special exhibition The Queen’s Year – with a guided tour of the famous Palace garden. Following a visit to the State Rooms with a complimentary audio tour, groups are met by their guide for a Highlights Garden Tour. The main emphasis of the tour is on the history and use of the garden.

Roger Fenton • Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Release date: Tuesday, 27 April 2010 A new Royal Collection book and touring exhibition celebrate two of the leading artistic figures of the 19th century. The photographs of Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron were collected by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who lent their enthusiastic support to the new medium of photography and its pioneering practitioners.

Appointment of Director of Publishing and New Media

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Friday, 9 April 2010
Release date: Friday, 9 April 2010 Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Jemima Rellie to the new position of Director of Publishing and New Media at the Royal Collection. Ms Rellie joins the Royal Collection in May from the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, where she had been Assistant Director, Communications and Information Resources since 2007. In 2001 she was appointed Tate’s first Head of Digital Programmes.

Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Release date: Wednesday, 10 February 2010 A new book and an exhibition at Windsor Castle will celebrate the work of Marcus Adams, who devoted 50 years to photographing children – particularly royal children. The son of the photographer Walton Adams, Marcus Adams created a unique record of two generations of the royal children between 1926 and 1956.

Annual charity opening of Frogmore House and Garden

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Release date: Tuesday, 9 February 2010 The charity summer opening of Frogmore House and Garden offers the chance to discover a delightful royal retreat. The house and garden will be open to the public for three Charity Garden Open Days on 18, 19 and 20 May. At the heart of the magnificent private Home Park of Windsor Castle, Frogmore House has been a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years.

Appointment of new Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art

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Monday, 8 February 2010
Release date: Monday, 8 February 2010 Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mr Rufus Bird to the position of Deputy Surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art. Mr Bird is currently a Director of Christie’s, London, where he is responsible for sales of English Furniture. He will join the Royal Collection on 7 June and will succeed Jonathan Marsden, who takes over from Sir Hugh Roberts as Director of the Royal Collection and Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art on Sir Hugh’s retirement at the end of April.

Dutch Landscapes

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Monday, 25 January 2010
Release date: Monday, 25 January 2010 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.