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Changing the clocks at the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen

Release date: Friday, 23 October 2020

A clock being changed in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle

A Horological Conservator adjusts the gallery clock in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle ©

This weekend, Royal Collection Trust staff will spend over 40 hours changing clocks across the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen as British Summer Time comes to an end. A team of Horological Conservators will work through the weekend to adjust the clocks, including 450 timepieces at Windsor Castle, 600 at Buckingham Palace and 50 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Royal Collection contains some of the finest historic clocks in existence, many of which are on display to visitors at Windsor Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse. They reflect mechanical innovation over the centuries and the tastes of successive monarchs. Among the 1500 timepieces in the Royal Collection are musical clocks, astronomical clocks, miniature clocks and turret clocks.

To learn more about historic timepieces in the Royal Collection, take a look at our online trail, or visit Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse to see some of these magnificent clocks in person.