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The Queen's Palaces

This exhibition includes works of art from nine royal palaces and residences.

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the monarch since 1837. Today the State Rooms, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, are used by The Queen to receive and entertain guests.

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and one of the official residences of The Queen. It has been a royal home and a fortress for nine hundred years.

Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of The Queen in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history. The State Apartments are used by The Queen for official entertaining.

Balmoral Castle is set amongst the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands and has been the private home of the Royal Family since it was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and first occupied in 1855. 

Sandringham House in Norfolk has served as a private home of the Royal Family since its acquisition in 1862 for the future Edward VII. 

Clarence House is the official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. It was the home of Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947 and then the home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother until 2002.

Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760 and was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria.

Hampton Court Palace was the principal residence of Henry VIII, originally built in 1514 by Thomas Wolsey, then Archbishop of York and Chief Minister to the King.

Osborne House on the Isle of Wight was the seaside retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Italianate villa served as a family home and as a setting for their art 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.