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 significant European royal collections still intact, this expansive collection comprises 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, 29 March 2024 - The Queen's Gallery is part of a working royal palace, so sometimes closures can happen at short notice.
The Queen's Gallery
The Queen's Gallery is 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: Holbein at the Tudor Court - 10 November 2023 – 14 April 2024
The largest UK Holbein exhibition in over 15 years is now open at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. This major exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, brings together over 100 works from Henry VIII’s court, including drawings, paintings and miniatures by Hans Holbein the Younger drawn from the Royal Collection, one of the most important surviving groups of the artist’s work.
Hans Holbein was one of the most talented artists of the 16th century and rose to become the most important artist in Tudor England. From his arrival in England in search of work, he was chosen to paint the portraits of Henry VIII, his family and leading figures, among them Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas More.
By his death, Holbein’s work was as admired by his contemporaries as it is today. His portraits inspired the next generation of artists depicting Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
Celebrating Holbein’s artistic skill, the exhibition explores the career of the artist and the lives of those who commissioned portraits from him, bringing us face-to-face with some of the most famous people of 16th-century England.