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Pride 2024: LGBTQ+ in the Royal Collection

The Fencing-Match between the Chevalier de Saint-George and the Chevalier d'Eo ©
  • Next event: Tuesday 25 Jun 2024
    1 upcoming event
  • 19:00 – 20:00 BST
  • Free
  • Adults

    This series of digital events will be livestreamed via our YouTube channel. Unlike for our other digital events, there is no need to reserve a ticket in advance. Watch the video live on the Royal Collection Trust YouTube channel.

    In the week of London Pride 2024, join us as we celebrate the lives and work of some of the LGBTQ+ figures represented within the Royal Collection.

    Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings Alice de Quidt will share a diverse range of stories, exploring themes of love, desire, identity and personal expression connected with these artists, authors, sculptors and photographers. Alice will discuss what art can teach us about how ideas around LGBTQ+ identities have developed across different periods and cultures.

    Why is it important to discuss Queer history?

    Focusing on the stories of Queer artists and authors allows us to view their work in a different light. LGBTQ+ people and their experiences have often been rewritten out of history, but diverse forms of love and identity have always existed. By talking about this diversity, we can champion Queer history, ensure it isn’t forgotten and create a sense of community.

    How do we know these figures were Queer?

    Many of the individuals mentioned in this talk would not have described themselves as LGBTQ+, the terminology did not exist during their lifetimes. However, their letters, poetry and diaries give us a clear sense their desires and identities. In some instances, we are also able to use legal and medical documents to gain a wider understanding.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.