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About the Collection

Learn more about the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world.

Paintings and Miniatures

The Royal Collection holds one of the most important holdings of Western pictorial art in the world. 

Dating back to the late-15th century with the establishment of the Tudor dynasty, the collection reflects the individual tastes and needs of kings, queens, consorts and princes over the last 400 years. Unlike a museum collection, therefore, the Royal Collection does not provide a comprehensive, chronological survey.

Johannes Vermeer, A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson', 1662-65, RCIN 405346

British monarchs have been collectors of passion and taste

Mary, Queen of Scots, c.1558, by François Clouet.
Miniatures in the Royal Collection

The Royal Collection is one of the largest groups of miniature in existence

Information and access

Works are displayed across the royal residences

Bibliography of books on paintings from the Royal Collection

Further reading on books from the collection

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.