The King’s Galleries Rebranding A Royal Heritage

King's Gallery London

Formerly known as The Queen’s Galleries until the death of Her Majesty in 2022, the Royal art spaces in London and Edinburgh are transforming into The King’s Galleries with a lineup of exhibitions for spring 2024.

Nestled within Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, these galleries will showcase rotating exhibitions from the esteemed Royal Collection, inviting art enthusiasts and history buffs to delve into one of the world’s most significant artistic treasure troves. Since their inception in 2002, these galleries have graciously welcomed nearly five million visitors, cementing their status as cultural landmarks.

Summer at The King’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace: Royal Portraits Through the Lens

From May 17 to October 6, 2024, embark on a captivating journey through royal history with “Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography.” This exhibition traces the evolution of royal portrait photography, spanning from the roaring 1920s to the present day. Featuring over 150 vintage prints and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives, visitors will uncover the stories behind some of the most iconic royal portraits. From Cecil Beaton’s timeless captures to Annie Leibovitz’s contemporary compositions, witness how photography has shaped the public perception of the Royal Family.

Fall Into Renaissance Elegance at The King’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

From November 1, 2024, to March 9, 2025, “Drawing the Italian Renaissance” invites patrons to immerse themselves in the artistic enthusiasm of Italy’s golden age. With around 160 works by more than 80 artists, this exhibition explores the pivotal role of drawing in the creative process. From sacred compositions by Michelangelo to secular designs by Leonardo da Vinci, marvel at the intricate details and artistic mastery that defined this transformative period in history.

Edinburgh Unveils Its Historical Threads: Style & Society at The King’s Gallery

After an 18-month hiatus for essential maintenance work, The King’s Gallery in Edinburgh reopens its doors with “Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians” from March 22 to September 22, 2024. Delve into the sartorial splendour of Georgian Britain as paintings, prints, and surviving period clothing offer a glimpse into the fashionable world of yesteryear. With notable additions highlighting Scotland’s unique cultural tapestry, this exhibition promises a captivating exploration of historical fashion and societal norms.

Accessibility Reigns: £1 Tickets for All

To ensure inclusivity, the Royal Collection Trust introduces a groundbreaking initiative: £1 tickets for designated exhibitions at The King’s Galleries in 2024. Available to those receiving Universal Credit and other named benefits, this scheme aims to democratize access to cultural heritage. Additionally, visitors can explore a range of concessionary rates and even convert standard tickets into 1-Year Passes for hassle-free reentry throughout the year.

From royal intrigue to Renaissance elegance and Georgian grandeur, The King’s Galleries stand as bastions of art and history, inviting one and all to experience the magic of the past and the present in equal measure. Join us as we embark on a journey through time and creativity, where every brushstroke tells a story, and every photograph captures a moment in the annals of royalty.

Top Photo: © Artlyst 2024

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