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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


The British Monarchy’s close and contractural relationship with its people has enabled it to survive internal upheavals and the revolutions of Europe.

Sir Thomas Wriothesley (c. 1460-1534)

The Wriothesley Garter book

Anthony Nelme (d. 1722)


British School, 17th century

Gold ring with a miniature of Charles I

National Federation of Women's Institutes

A Countrywomens book

Johan Joseph Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-London 1810)

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Charles I (1600-1649)

William Powell Frith (1819-1909)

Ramsgate Sands (Life at the Seaside)

Attributed to British School, 18th century

St James's Park and the Mall

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

John More

Paul Sandby (1731-1809)

The ascent to the Round Tower