Visit a space dedicated to the Royal Collection, one of the world's largest and most significant art collections put together by British Kings and Queens over hundreds of years. One of the last great European royal collections still intact, this expansive collection is made up of over a million items. Arguably one of the most magnificent British monarchs, George IV built an exceptional art collection, much of which is within the Royal Collection today. View the paintings, metalwork, textiles, furniture, watercolours, books and ceramics created by the finest artists of the day.
The Queen’s Gallery is open Thursday to Monday throughout the year, except during the installation of new exhibitions. 10:00 – 17:30 (last admission 16:15) Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Closures: 25-26 December 2023
The Queen's Gallery is part of a working royal palace, so sometimes closures can happen at short notice.
The Queen's Gallery
Located adjacent to Buckingham Palace, on the site of what was once a private chapel for Queen Victoria. The chapel was destroyed in an air raid in 1940, and at the suggestion of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, it was developed as an art gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962.
In 1997, a project began to expand and modernise the gallery, the most significant addition to Buckingham Palace in 150 years. Queen Elizabeth II opened the Queen's Gallery in May 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, and today it hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
NEW EXHIBITION: Style & Society: Dressing The Georgians (21 April - 8 October 2023)
This exciting exhibition from the Royal Collection explores what the Georgians wore, from the practical dress of laundry maids to the glittering gowns worn at court.
Discover what fashion can tell us about life in the 18th century, a revolutionary period when trade, travel, and technological innovations fuelled fashion trends across all levels of society. Delve into the Georgians’ style story and get up close to magnificent paintings, prints and drawings by artists including Gainsborough, Zoffany and Hogarth, as well as luxurious textiles, sparkling jewellery, and a range of accessories from snuff boxes to swords.
The exhibition reveals how the Georgians ushered in many of the cultural trends we know today, including the first stylists and influencers, the birth of a specialised fashion press and the development of shopping as a leisure activity.