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About the Collection

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

Early material

The Royal Archives contains a small collection of medieval and Tudor material. This is the result of later collecting habits of the Royal Family, most notably Queen Mary. While this is not an area of particular strength, significant material includes a list of jewels from the wardrobe of Edward I. The document, written in Norman French and dated September 1297, is the oldest document in the Royal Archives.

Among the Tudor material is a household account book of the future Elizabeth I while resident at Hatfield House between 1551 and 1552.

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.