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Prince & Patron

Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace Summer Opening exhibition 2018

Buckingham Palace

  • Daily (Saturday, 21 Jul 2018 - Sunday, 30 Sep 2018)

To mark the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales this year, visitors to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will enjoy a special display featuring a number of works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness.

The Prince has enjoyed a life-long passion for art, inspired by the treasures in the Royal Collection. In the display, The Prince's favourite art works will be shown alongside works created by young artists supported by three charities which he has founded and is patron of: The Royal Drawing School and The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts.

The inspiration that His Royal Highness has found in art is reflected in Johan Joseph Zoffany’s painting, The Tribuna of the Uffizi, commissioned by Queen Charlotte in 1772, where travellers to Italy can be seen admiring some of the most famous, precious and exotic works of art in the Uffizi, Florence. Travel and history are two further interests of The Prince, highlighted by the selection of the cloak of Napoleon Bonaparte, made of wool, silk and silver thread, taken from Napoleon's carriage immediately after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and later presented to the future George IV. The colour, pattern and story of the cloak have fascinated His Royal Highness since first seeing the object on display at Windsor Castle.

Explore the exhibition

The Prince’s Foundation, School of Traditional Arts

Its pioneering work based on the practice and research of the traditional arts

Royal Drawing School

An independent educational charity raising the standard and profile of observational drawing through teaching and...

The Highgrove Florilegum

The first British Royal Florilegum looks at the plants in the garden at Highgrove

View some items in the exhibition

Johan Joseph Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-London 1810)

The Tribuna of the Uffizi

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton (c.1490-1542)

Map & directions

Entrance to the State Rooms is via gate C on Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By car

There is no general visitor car parking at Buckingham Palace.

For disabled visitors, if you have booked the step-free access route of the Palace, you can also book accessible parking if required. The access route and parking must be pre-booked by contacting the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or [email protected].

By train

The nearest train stations are London Victoria (10 minute walk) or London Charing Cross (20 minute walk).  

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

The nearest tube stations are Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner (all approximately 10 minutes walk).  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.

You can plan your journey using the Transport for London website.