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Learn more about art works that make up the Royal Collection

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.


British monarchs have been collectors of passion and taste

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