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Videos, activities and trails highlighting the Royal Collection and Palaces

The Begum is seated on a throne, with other Indians & officers beside her. Probably at Sadar Manzil Palace.
H H The Nawab Sultan Jehan Begum of Bhopal [Edward, Prince of Wales. Royal Tour in India, 1921-1922] ©

Browse through a special selection of videos, activities and trails that highlight fascinating objects in the Royal Collection and give historical insights into royal palaces. At a time when many of us would have been going on holiday, we invite you to take a trip with us around the world through objects in the Royal Collection. Each week we will visit a new country to explore must-see landmarks and explore its history of royal visits. Each country will be brought to life through decorative objects, paintings and photographs in the comfort of your own home.

On the final stop of our tour we are exploring the Indian Subcontinent through the current exhibition Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent. Discover the Mughal court, brought to life by intricate illuminated manuscripts, stunning paintings and poetry, and immerse yourself in a world of beauty, splendour and art. With modern poetry by celebrated poet Imtiaz Dharker and our final Mystery Object there is a lot to explore.

We hope you have enjoyed your travel adventures with us as much as we have enjoyed sharing the stories with you.

Eastern Encounters is open now at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. The exhibition and all accompanying events will be managed in line with COVID-secure procedures.

Talks & Trails

The Prince of Wales's Tour of India in 1875-6

The perfect introduction to the exhibition, and this week’s travels.

Virtual Exhibitions

Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent

Discover the wonders of the Indian Subcontinent with 'Eastern Encounters'.

Palaces and People

Poems by Imtiaz Dharker

A collection of poems by Imtiaz Dharker, read by the poet herself, inspired by items from the exhibition.

Challenges and Activities

A Mystery Object for a Mystery Location: South Asia

Can you identify this week’s mystery object?

Talks and trails

The Prince of Wales and his entourage on camels posing for camera in front of Pyramid of Cheops and Pyramid of Cephrenes, Giza, Cairo. The Prince is seated on the camel fifth from the left. The man in the white suit with a cigar, gazing up at the Prince,

Delve into the world of historical royal travel and discover the transport and packing essentials for royal visits.

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[The Prince of Wales and group at the Pyramids, Giza, Egypt] ©

Virtual tours

Virtual Exhibition

Explore the exhibition looking at this notorious lover of the arts and ceremony


Challenges and Activities

People and Palaces