Visit London Blog » queens gallery Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Royal Exhibitions for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fri, 06 May 2011 12:59:16 +0000

The Royal Collection will stage a series of exhibitions to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Highlights include a display of diamonds at Buckingham Palace, a collection of press photos at Windsor Castle, and a major Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery.

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration will coincide with the summer opening of Buckingham Palace in August and September 2012. Among the priceless objects on display will be:

  • Queen Victoria’s small diamond crown
  • The Girls of Great Britain, the tiara worn by the Queen in the image that appears on British banknotes
  • The South Africa Necklace, presented to the Queen on her 21st birthday
  • The finest pink diamond ever discovered, which was given to the Queen as a wedding present and later made into the Williamson Brooch

Jonathan Marsden, Director of the Royal Collection, said a diamond exhibition was an obvious choice for the Jubilee, adding that the Queen was “enthusiastic” about the plans.

The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years at Windsor Castle will feature 60 photos taken by leading press photographers from the 1950s to the present day.

The pictures show the Queen on official engagements and in her private life with her family. Although, as Royal Librarian Jane Roberts commented, “the private life of the Queen is never quite the same as it is for the rest of us!”.

The pictures give a snapshot of the Queen’s eventful life, from foreign travels and state occasions, to corgis and even a meeting with Lady Gaga.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy at The Queen’s Gallery will be the largest ever exhibition of da Vinci’s studies of the human body.

As well as being a great Renaissance artist, da Vinci was also a pioneer in the study of the human body, and the Royal Collection holds many of his notes and drawings on the subject. Da Vinci was “one of the greatest anatomists ever to have lived,” according to curator Martin Clayton.

His study of the heart was “one of the most impressive investigations in the history of science” and diagrams produced after the dissection of human corpses are “among the clearest ever depictions of the bones and muscles”, said Clayton.  Some of da Vinci’s drawings are still used by medical students today.

Queen Elizabeth II is only the second monarch to celebrate 60 years in the job. The first was Queen Victoria, who celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1897.

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Buckingham Palace Hits New Record Visitor Figures Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:11:50 +0000

A record-breaking 413,000 visitors passed through the doors of Buckingham Palace during this year’s Summer Opening.

Visitor numbers were the highest in 16 years, and the second highest since the palace first opened to the public in 1993.

It’s thought that the special exhibition, called The Queen’s Year, which charted the variety of different work carried out by the Queen, resulted in many people making a return visit to the Palace.

In addition, the Palace’s new Garden Café was another incentive to make a repeat visit. Over the eight-week Summer Opening, the café served 46,000 cups of tea; the profiteroles and vanilla mille feuille were among visitors’ favourite treats.

And the highly successful Victoria & Albert: Art & Love exhibition currently running at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace is another reason for the palace to celebrate. Visitor numbers are up 15%, including a record number of first-time visitors. (If you haven’t been yet, this fantastic exhibition has been extended until 5 December, so you’ve still got time to see it.)

To top a very successful year, Buckingham Palace was awarded “Best UK Attraction” at both the Group Travel Awards and the Group Leisure Awards.

Jonathan Marsden, Director of the Royal Collection, said, “We are delighted the number of people choosing to visit Buckingham Palace has continued to grow. Winning two major group travel industry awards is enormously encouraging and a recognition of our commitment to providing the best possible experience for our visitors.”

Did you visit Buck Palace this year? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

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