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Royal Collection Trust aims to help as many people as possible to access and enjoy the art, architecture and history of the Royal Palaces. We offer free on-site visits and live video sessions for community organisations, enabling engagement with art and history.

Our community programme, for those who might not engage, or struggle to engage, focuses on groups who have particular needs. We seek to adapt our offer to suit the interests of groups whenever possible, and work with smaller group sizes to ensure a quality experience. Our community sessions are free of charge, and subject to availability. Please email [email protected] for more details.

Buckingham Palace

Free pre-arranged visits for groups working with under-represented people, to engage with three sites: Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery

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Watch this short clip to explore Buckingham Palace.

Short film about Buckingham Palace ©

Windsor Castle

Free pre-arranged visits for groups working with under-represented people, to engage with the Castle and grounds

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Watch this short clip to explore Windsor Castle.

Short film about Windsor Castle ©

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh welcomes local communities to visit the palace, its gardens, Holyrood Abbey and The Queen’s Gallery

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Watch this short clip to explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Find out more about the history and highlights of the Palace here. You can also visit The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh.

Short film about the Palace of Holyroodhouse ©

Digital Programme

Our digital programme enables community groups and care homes to engage with the the Official Residences of The Queen and the Royal Collection via Zoom or Teams

Community Zooms

For community groups who would like to engage with the Royal Collection Trust virtually we can provide a selection of online presentations via Zoom. These sessions are informal, last one hour and include a 45-minute presentation with time for questions and group discussions at the end.

For Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery, topics to choose from include:

  • An introduction to the Royal Collection
  • Virtual tour of Buckingham Palace
  • The Coronation and Jubilee Celebrations of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
  • Virtual tour of the Royal Mews
  • Gallery exhibition introduction – please note The Queen’s Gallery shows changing exhibitions of works from the Royal Collection

White Drawing Room ©

For Windsor Castle, topics to choose from include:

  • A virtual tour of the Castle
  • Windsor Castle: Home of The Queen
  • The Fire at Windsor Castle, 1992

Grand Reception Room ©

For the Palace of Holyroodhouse, topics to choose from include:

  • Virtual tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • The life of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Queen Victoria and Romantic Scotland
  • History of Holyrood Abbey
  • George IV’s visit to Edinburgh 1822

For more information or to book a Zoom talk for your group please email [email protected]

 

Royal Dining Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Royal Dining Room ©

We also run regular ‘drop-in’ virtual Wednesday afternoon sessions, via Zoom, with a range of different talks on aspects of the Collection and the history of the Monarchy. Sessions are informal and can be enjoyed camera on or camera off. For more information, and joining Zoom details, please email [email protected] or call 07860 612393.

Residents of Care Home watching a Zoom talk

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Care Home Zooms

Our informal, interactive, zoom talks for Care Homes include images, video and music and encourage participants to talk about their experiences of H.M. The Queen and her royal palaces.

Topics to choose from include:

  • An introduction to the Royal Collection
  • Buckingham Palace: Royal Office
  • Windsor Castle: Home of The Queen
  • The Coronation and Jubilee Celebrations of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
  • A virtual tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse

For more information or to book a Zoom talk for your Care Home please email [email protected]