The Royal Collection Trust will host exhibitions and displays at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Windsor Castle in 2019. 

George IV

The schedule will see Buckingham Palace showcase a variety of exhibitions in the coming year, including a display on the 17th century Russian royal family, the largest Leonardo da Vinci exhibition for 65 years and a collection of art showcasing George IV’s life.

Meanwhile the Palace of Holyroodhouse will host displays in the Queen’s Gallery and exhibitions will also feature throughout the year at Windsor Castle.

Selected 2019 exhibitions:

Windsor Castle – Christmas at Windsor Castle

From 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019, Windsor Castle will celebrate the festive season. The highlight of the special display will be the 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir Christmas tree in St George’s Hall, decorated entirely in gold ornaments. Additional trees, wreaths and gardens will be present within the State Apartments and the Semi-State Apartments, the private rooms of George IV that are only open to visitors during the winter months.

Buckingham Palace – George IV: Art & Spectacle

During his reign as monarch, George IV formed a huge collection of art, much of which remains in the Royal Collection. Next November will see the arrival of an exhibition at Buckingham Palace, running until May 2020 featuring some of the paintings, metalwork, textiles, furniture, watercolours, books and ceramics that he collected throughout his lifetime.

Palace of Holyroodhouse - Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

An exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of renowned artist, Leonardo da Vinci, will be held at the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Running from 22nd November 2019 until 15th March 2020, the exhibition will arrive at the palace following a tour of the UK and a stay at Buckingham Palace earlier on in the year.

More than 200 of da Vinci’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will be brought together to form the largest exhibition of da Vinci’s work in over 65 years.

Temporary loan exhibitions

Next year will also see the Royal Collection Trust provide major loans to galleries across the UK and Ireland. Among the loans will be a collection of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice’s famous view-painter, Canaletto, at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and a major exhibition bringing together drawings by Michelangelo at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Important information

Tickets for exhibitions opening after 1st January 2019 will be available from 1st November 2018.

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more visiting Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Groups may need to book in advance.

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Image: George IV: Art & Spectacle (Photo Credit: Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018)