Henry VIII's copy of the world's first gardening manual reveals green-fingered tips

Friday, 23 January 2015
Cucumbers shake with fear at thunder; squash will bear fruit after nine days if planted in the ashes of human bone and watered with oil; and planting a radish, lettuce seed, nasturtium and colewort inside a ball of goat manure will result in tasty lettuces. These are just some of the more bizarre horticultural tips contained within the world's first gardening manual, written more than 700 years ago and acquired by Henry VIII (1491–1547).

Napoleon's letter of surrender to go on display alongside previously unseen letter from the Duke of Wellington, who defeated him at Waterloo

Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Letters written to the future monarch George IV by the Duke of Wellington and the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte – one proclaiming victory, the other defeat – will go on display at Windsor Castle from 31 January 2015. They are part of an exhibition and themed visit, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015, which includes items seized from the battlefield, historic documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives, and contemporary prints and drawings.
A page from The Padshahnama entitled 'The weighing of Shah-Jahan on his forty-second lunar birthday, 23 October 1632'

Winners of 'Gold' poetry competitions announced

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Young Poets Network and the Poetry Society have announced the winners of their recent writing challenges, held in collaboration with Royal Collection Trust.  The competitions focused on the theme of gold to coincide with the current exhibition at Th ... Read more about Winners of 'Gold' poetry competitions announced

Image of the Christmas tree in the Great Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse being decorated.

A Royal Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Friday, 5 December 2014
The Palace of Holyroodhouse has had a festive makeover. From today until 6 January, the Palace's historic State Apartments are adorned with lights, decorations, and rich foliage, making the Palace the ideal place to visit to get into the Christmas spirit.
The dining table in the State Dining Room displayed with silver-gilt from the Grand Service

Celebrate the Christmas season at Windsor Castle

Friday, 28 November 2014

Windsor Castle's magnificent State Apartments have been transformed for the festive season with an array of decorations, from seasonal garlands lining the Grand Staircase to bedecked Christmas trees, including a Nordman Fir from the Windsor Great Park s ... Read more about Celebrate the Christmas season at Windsor Castle

New exhibition opens at The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 12 November 2014
The first exhibition in Scotland devoted to the Italian artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione opens on Friday, 14 November at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Lawless and impetuous, most of what is known of Castiglione is from court documents rather than fulfilled artistic commissions, but he was one of the most innovative and ground-breaking artists of the Italian Baroque.

First photographs of a royal tour to go on display

Thursday, 6 November 2014

In 1862, the 20-year-old Prince of Wales, eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (and the future King Edward VII), embarked on a tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the photographer Francis Bedford.  The resulting images, produced little mor ... Read more about First photographs of a royal tour to go on display

Tickets for next year's exhibitions at the royal residences and The Queen's Galleries now available

Monday, 3 November 2014

Tickets for new exhibitions and displays at the official royal residences and The Queen's Galleries in London and Edinburgh are now on sale. ... Read more about Tickets for next year's exhibitions at the royal residences and The Queen's Galleries now available

Palace of Holyroodhouse in the snow

A Royal Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Friday, 31 October 2014

For the first time, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is to be transformed both inside and out for the festive season. ... Read more about A Royal Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Buckingham Palace Gift Box

Christmas Gift Boxes

Friday, 24 October 2014
With the lead up to the festive season upon us, Royal Collection Trust has launched three limited-edition Gift Boxes for visits to Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Buckingham Palace.