Radio 4 series marks the Diamond Jubilee

Will Gompertz, presenter of The Art of Monarchy BBC © 2012
Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Radio 4’s eight-part series The Art of Monarchy was made by the BBC in collaboration with the Royal Collection to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Presented by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, the programmes explore almost 1,000 years of the Monarchy through the works of art acquired by Kings and Queens. Over the series Will travels from BalmoralCastle in Scotland to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, from the State Rooms of BuckinghamPalace to the Royal Library at WindsorCastle. In each 30-minute programme he meets Royal Collection curators, historians and academics, who share their expertise and explain how the chosen objects illustrate themes such as Friend or Foe, Faith, Magnificence, People, Progress, Empire and Commonwealth, and Legacy.

You can listen to all eight programmes on the BBC’s series website which was built in collaboration with the Royal Collection and will remain as a permanent resource. You can view all the objects in the series and other works of art that illustrate the eight themes on this website. Here you will also find links to learning resources and can read the curators’ blogs.