Radio 4’s eight-part series The Art of Monarchy has been 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 Balmoral Castle in Scotland to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, from the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace to the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. 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 follow The Art of Monarchy online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/art-of-monarchy. Here you can view the objects in the series, listen to and download programmes, watch video clips and follow blogs. The series website was built by the BBC in collaboration with the Royal Collection and will remain online as a permanent resource. The Royal Collection's own Art of Monarchy pages can be found here.
The Art of Monarchy is broadcast in eight episodes on BBC Radio 4 at 10:30 on Saturday mornings from 11 February.