Royal gifts at Buckingham Palace

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exhibition items about Diana

part of the Princess Diana collection at the exhibition

When the Queen goes on her summer holidays the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, the London home of Her Majesty The Queen are open to the public, this year until 1 October 2017.

Every year as well as visitors being able to see the sumptuous rooms there is always a new exhibition relating to the Royal Family. This year it focuses on Royal Gifts together with an area dedicated to Diana, the Princess of Wales commemorating the 20th anniversary of her death in Paris.

exhibition items from oceania

gifts from Oceania

Over 200 items from over 100 countries and territories, presents that have been given to the Queen, are on display from state visits, overseas tours and official engagements both at home and abroad. The gifts, which tend to focus on the craftsmanship of the country that gave them, are grouped with countries from their particular part of the world.

bronze of Burmese

A bronze of the Queen’s horse Burmese which she rode at the annual Trooping of the Colour.

Gifts include those recently given by the Spanish Royal Family on their state visit to the UK, and the Union Flag badge worn in space by Major Tim Peake CMG presented to the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Apart from enjoying the display of Royal Gifts visitors can still see the magnificent décor, chandeliers, and furniture that comprise the State Rooms with numerous Old Masters.

Russian samovar

A Russian samovar given by Boris Yeltsin

If you like art, while visiting the Palace, it’s worth including the Queen’s Gallery. Until 12 November Canaletto & the Art of Venice is an exhibition of eighteenth century Venetian paintings, drawings, and prints by Canaletto alongside works of his contemporaries. Part of the Royal Collection, the collection was bought by George 111 from Canaletto’s agent who at the time was British Consul in Venice.

Also in the Palace grounds are the Royal Mews, the working royal stables responsible for the road travel arrangements of the Royal Family. Carriages, including the Gold State Coach, are on display as well as more modern cars. Horses, Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, which are stabled at the Mews, are used to draw the carriages.

At the end of a Palace visit there is an area for family activities as well as a cafe overlooking the Palace grounds. The gift shop, where everything is marked Buckingham Palace, is ideal for present buying.

When buying your ticket, ask for it to be stamped as a donation, as this will give you free re-admission for a year.

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