In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Collection is to hold a stunning exhibition of its finest treasures at Holyrood House, Edinburgh, in March 2012.
The Royal Collection represents 500 years of collecting by the British monarchy, comprising paintings, ceramics, jewellery, silverware, furniture and other priceless works. The entire collection numbers many thousands of items. Now, Royal Treasures: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration is to showcase 100 of the finest pieces, collected from eight royal palaces including Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and Holyrood itself.
Running from 16 March to 16 September 2012 at the Queen’s Gallery, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see 100 of the nation’s finest treasures, and well worth the journey from Cumbria. Antique marquetry furniture , early Victorian dining chairs , Louis XVI cabinets and three Chippendale armchairs are just some of the furniture highlights, in an exhibition that’s an Aladdin’s Cave of Rococo, gilt and Baroque masterpieces. Expect security to be tight, as the exhibition also features priceless artworks by Leonardo, Michelangelo; Rembrandt; Raphael; Holbein, Canaletto and Monet – as well as Imperial Easter Eggs and other works by Fabergé. Timepieces, sculptures, jewellery, and gold and silverware will also be on display.
The Royal Family have always been trendsetters. Today, it’s their fashion sense we seek, but in the 18th and 19th centuries people were flocking to emulate their taste in interior décor. Visit antique dealers in Preston and you’ll see Victorian dining chairs very similar to the Morel and Seddon side chairs made for George IV’s private apartments, two of which will be displayed at Holyrood.