Brilliant upcoming exhibitions from the Royal Collection

14 May 2011

Photo: Royal Collection.

I’m feeling pretty excited about the upcoming exhibition about Fabergé pieces in the Royal Collections, which is being held at Buckingham Palace from the 23rd of July until the 3rd October. As I said earlier this year, I STILL haven’t been to Buckingham Palace (shocking really as the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures was my tutor at university and very sweetly lets me pester him on occasion – ooh, a nice bit of ROYAL NAME DROPPING for you there!) and have decided 2011 is the year I get inside the Palace. Oh yes. It WILL happen.

Photo: Royal Collection.

However, if you are as keen on the contents of the Royal Family’s jewellery vaults as I am then an even bigger treat lies in store for you next year when the Royal Collections mount an amazing exhibition of DIAMONDS in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Diamond, the hardest natural material known, carries associations of endurance and longevity.  These qualities, allied to the purity, magnificence and value of the stones, have for centuries led rulers to deploy diamonds in regalia, jewellery and precious objects. Individual diamonds have achieved great renown, passing down the generations and between enemies or allies as potent symbols of sovereignty and as precious gifts.

A spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace will show the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. The exhibition includes an unprecedented display of a number of The Queen’s personal jewels – those inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign.  The exhibition will reveal how many of these extraordinary stones have undergone a number of transformations, having been re-cut or incorporated into new settings during their fascinating history.’

I can’t wait, can you? This exhibition will be held at Buckingham Palace in August and September 2012 and looks to be unmissable.

Photo: Royal Collection.

It looks like I won’t have to travel to London for another one of the Royal exhibitions next year as, also in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee ten of the best Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Royal Collections will be doing a mini tour of the country!

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 13th January until 25th March 2012.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 30th March until 10th June 2012.

Ulster Museum, Belfast, 15th June until 27th August 2012.

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, 31st August until 4th November 2012.

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 10th November 2012 until 20th January 2013.

Photo: Royal Collection.

In addition to this there will be a special exhibition of Royal Treasures in the Palace of Holyroodhouse from the 16th of March until the 16th of September 2012.

An exhibition of some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2012.  Royal Treasures: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration reflects the tastes of monarchs and other members of the royal family who have shaped one of the world’s great art collections. The selection of 100 outstanding works has been made across the entire breadth of the Royal Collection, from eight royal residences and over five centuries of collecting, and includes paintings, drawings, miniatures, watercolours, manuscripts, furniture, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.  Highlights include paintings by Rembrandt, Canaletto and Monet, drawings by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Holbein, and Imperial Easter Eggs by Fabergé.  Most of the works will be shown in Scotland for the first time.

Watch this space for details about a very exciting visit I will be making to Kensington Palace at some point soon to see something VERY SPECIAL INDEED. No, it’s not the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress but…

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