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New 2019 Exhibitions Programme

Release date: Thursday, 1 November 2018

Tickets for the 2019 programme of exhibitions and displays at the official royal residences and The Queen's Galleries are now on sale. 

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The Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.

During August and September, when the Palace is not being used in its official capacity, visitors can enjoy the 19 magnificent State Rooms, which are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in 2018 will include the special exhibition Queen Victoria's Palace, which explores how the young queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal residence.

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A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently on display at Windsor Castle in the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of SussexPart of a visit to Windsor Castle until 6 January 2019, the exhibition will open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in June 2019. 

The exhibition includes The Duchess's wedding dress, created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy; the five-metre-long silk tulle veil, embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth; the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent to The Duchess by Her Majesty The Queen; and The Duke of Sussex's frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the 'Blues and Royals'), made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.

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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Opening in November 2018, Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs will tell the story of the familial, political, diplomatic and artistic associations between Britain and Russia and their royal families from the late 17th century through to Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II and beyond. The unique relationship between the two countries will be examined through portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé. The exhibition will be shown alongside Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton's pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, which showed the impact of war to the general public for the first time.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawingopening in May 2019, will mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance master by bringing together more than 200 of his greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years. Drawing served as Leonardo’s laboratory, allowing him to work out his ideas on paper and search for the universal laws that he believed underpinned all of creation. The drawings, which were acquired during the reign of Charles II, provide an unparalleled insight into the workings of Leonardo’s mind and reflect the full range of his interests, including painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.

From November 2019, George IV: Art & Spectacle will celebrate arguably the most magnificent of British monarchs and his unrivalled collection of art, much of which remains in the Royal Collection. As Prince of Wales and, from 1820, magnificent king, George IV purchased paintings, metalwork, textiles, furniture, watercolours, books and ceramics in vast numbers, many of these works by the finest artists of the day. Bringing together Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, magnificent portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Sir Joshua Reynolds, delicate French porcelain, intricate goldsmiths’ work and elegant books and drawings, this exhibition will present George IV’s life through the art that enriched his world.

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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

From November 2018, Charles II: Art & Power will present the rich material world of Charles II’s court and explore the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy following the restoration of 1660. After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the court of Charles II became the centre for artistic patronage and for the collecting of great works of art to decorate the royal apartments and glorify the restored monarchy, from Old Master paintings and drawings to delicate miniatures and rare silver furniture.

Opening in June 2019, Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs tells the story of the familial, political, diplomatic and artistic associations between Britain and Russia and their royal families from the late 17th century through to Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II and beyond. The unique relationship between the two countries is explored through portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Fabergé.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing opens in November 2019 and marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance master by bringing together 80 of his greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest group of Leonardo’s work ever shown in Scotland. The drawings, which were acquired during the reign of Charles II, reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests, including painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.

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