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Explore The Royal Family's close relationship with the region, as well as the diverse artistic traditions represented in the Royal Collection

Canadian Art in the Royal Collection

Many members of the Royal Family have been presented with art during their tours of what is now Canada. Some have also commissioned or acquired works as mementos of their visits and of the artistic expression of the region’s inhabitants.

These objects provide a unique insight into the life of the country and its diverse peoples. Materials such as argillite, porcupine quill and whalebone reflect the region’s natural resources. Others represent forms and motifs used by Indigenous communities to express their identity and beliefs for many thousands of years.

Acquisitions from the later nineteenth century also indicate the increasing formalisation of Canada’s art through national institutions and societies, often under the patronage of members of the Royal Family.

Together this wide array of material, from paintings and sculpture, to metalwork and textiles, highlights the beauty of the land, and the diversity and history of its inhabitants.

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.