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New 2020 exhibitions programme launched

Release date: Monday, 4 November 2019

Tickets for the 2020 programme of exhibitions and displays at the official royal residences and The Queen's Galleries are now on sale.

White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace ©

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.

From 18 July to 27 September 2020, when the Palace is not being used in its official capacity, you can enjoy the 19 magnificent State Rooms, which are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. The State Rooms provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining, where The Queen welcomes guests from all walks of life. 

The special exhibition Royal Animals, will focus on the Royal Family's interest in animals, drawing together works of art from across the Royal Collection acquired from the reign of George III to the present day. The exhibition will explore the history of animals in the royal residences, from the giraffe presented to George IV as a gift from Egypt, to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's enthusiasm for pet dogs and the continued importance of horses in modern times, during events such as Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot.

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Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace ©

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

The Royal Collection holds some of the most significant examples of Japanese art and design in the western world. For the first time, highlights from this outstanding collection will be brought together in our new exhibition Japan: Courts and Culture to tell the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families. The exhibition opens on 12 June 2020.

Opening 4 December 2020, the Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace exhibition will bring together some of the most important paintings in the Royal Collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, including works by Titian, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens, and Canaletto. Usually on public view during the annual Summer Opening of the Palace, the paintings will be shown in The Queen’s Gallery, London while Reservicing works are carried out to protect the historic building for future generations. 

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Eastern Encounters

Eastern Encounters ©

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Eastern Encounters will trace more than 400 years of literary and artistic output. The exhibition will offer new insights into the shared history of the British Monarchy and the Indian Subcontinent through exquisite illuminated manuscripts, dazzling depictions of the Mughal court, royal portraits, Hindu epics and modern works. Open from 3 April 2020.

On 16 October 2020, George IV: Art & Spectacle opens at The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh. The exhibition 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.

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George Washington Wilson

George Washington Wilson ©

The Palace of Holyroodhouse 

George Washington Wilson: Queen Victoria’s Photographer in Scotland, opening in July 2020, will include royal portraits made for Queen Victoria’s personal photograph collection and Wilson’s beautiful views of Scotland. Famous for his portrait of Queen Victoria on her horse ‘Fyvie’, accompanied by her servant John Brown, George Washington Wilson was at the time among the best known of royal photographers. His picturesque images helped popularise a romantic view of the Scottish landscape. 

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