Press releases

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.

Exhibitions & Displays 2010

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Monday, 18 January 2010
Release date: Monday, 18 January 2010 The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life Until 14 February 2010 This exhibition explores the tradition of the ‘Conversation Piece’, group portraits of high-society sitters in strikingly informal situations.

Valentine gift ideas from the Royal Collection

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Monday, 18 January 2010
Release date: Monday, 18 January 2010 On 14 February, impress your Valentine with a gift ticket for one of this year’s must-see exhibitions, Victoria & Albert: Art & Love at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. The exhibition celebrates one of history’s great love stories and Victoria and Albert’s delight in giving each other works of art. Presents exchanged by the royal couple range from the simple and sentimental to the dazzling.

A Kitchen fit for Kings and Queen

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Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Visitors to Windsor Castle can take a guided tour ‘behind the scenes’ to the Castle’s Great Kitchen, the oldest working kitchen in the country. Dating back to the reign of Edward III, the Great Kitchen has remained in constant use for over 650 years and has served 32 British monarchs. The tour introduces the history of royal dining, past and present, and gives a fascinating insight into Windsor Castle as a working royal palace.

Celebrate the festive season at Windsor Castle

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Festive displays and activities make Windsor Castle an ideal place to visit this Christmas. The Castle will be getting into the spirit of the season from 3 December. Just for the Christmas period, the table in Windsor’s State Dining Room will be set for a festive Victorian dessert course and dressed with dazzling silver-gilt from the Grand Service.

Royal Collection Publications appoints new US distributor

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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Royal Collection Publications has appointed the University of Chicago Press as their new distributor in the United States and Canada. From 1 January 2010, UCP will be responsible for the fulfilment of all new and backlist trade titles. The Royal Collection produces between ten and twelve new publications a year, including exhibition catalogues, gift books and scholarly catalogues raisonnés.

Victoria & Albert: Art & Love

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Thursday, 15 October 2009
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 19 March – 31 October 2010 This exhibition is the first ever to focus on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s shared enthusiasm for art. Bringing together more than 400 items from the Royal Collection, it celebrates the royal couple’s mutual delight in collecting and displaying works of art, from the time of their engagement in 1839 to the Prince’s untimely death in 1861.

Appointment of new Director of the Royal Collection

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Thursday, 16 July 2009
Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mr Jonathan Marsden to the position of Director Designate of the Royal Collection. Mr Marsden, who is currently Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art, will succeed Sir Hugh Roberts as Director of the Royal Collection on Sir Hugh’s retirement in April 2010. The Director of the Royal Collection is the most senior position in the Royal Collection, one of the five departments of the Royal Household.

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

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Tuesday, 14 July 2009
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse 2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010 This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole.