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120 items return to Brighton Pavilion on loan

The works in the loan

The items returned for A Prince’s Treasure were removed from the Royal Pavilion in 1847-48.

The building was stripped when Queen Victoria decided to stop using it as a royal residence. Assuming that the Royal Pavilion would be demolished 137 loads of furniture and decorations were removed. In 1850 Victoria sold the Royal Pavilion to Brighton Town Commissioners. It was an empty and devastated building.

It was widely believed that Victoria sold the Royal Pavilion because she disliked its style. This is not true. She and Prince Albert admired the interiors. A lot of the decorative ornaments and furnishings were used in the new spaces at Buckingham Palace. Victoria and Albert’s interest in saving and reusing the fittings of the Royal Pavilion ensured their survival. Over the years some items of original Pavilion decoration have been returned by Queen Victoria, King George V and Queen Mary and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

These remarkable objects reveal George IV’s vision for his exotic palace by the sea. George, first as Prince of Wales, then as Prince Regent, and finally as King directed the creation of the Royal Pavilion. Originally these objects were all bought or commissioned for this building. They were removed when it stopped being a royal residence in the 1840s. Queen Victoria reused many of them to furnish Buckingham Palace.

Construction work at the Palace has provided the opportunity for over 120 of these objects to return to the Royal Pavilion. They will remain until 2021.

Long Gallery

The Gallery contains items connected with George's mother, Queen Charlotte

Banqueting room

The Banqueting room show how George employed the most talented designers

Banqueting room gallery

The Banqueting Room Gallery is where George’s guests would retreat after dinner


Featuring the magnificent 'Kylin' clock

The Music Room Gallery

The room reflects George's interest in Chinese interiors

The Music Room

George used this room for entertaining as well as music

The King's Apartments

Only very special guests would have been invited into the King's apartments