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The Queen’s official residences to reopen to the public from 23 July 2020

 

The Royal Collection Trust have announced that Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh, as well as Royal Collection Trust shops, will reopen to the public on Thursday, 23 July 2020.

To cater for the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff, the attractions have introduced a number of measures to ensure that the Palaces, Galleries and shops can reopen safely and visitors can return with confidence.

These include:

The introduction of timed tickets at all sites in order to manage visitor numbers.

Visitors must book tickets in advance through http://www.rct.uk/tickets as capacities will be limited.

Markers and signs to help visitors maintain social distancing, with staff on hand to manage the flow of visitors in queuing areas and indoor spaces.

The introduction of one-way routes in some areas.

Hand sanitiser stations along the visitor routes.

Enhanced cleaning regimes.

Perspex screens at all till points, with payment by card only.

All front-of-house staff fully trained in COVID-secure procedures.

With these measures in place, Royal Collection Trust has acquired the ‘We’re Good to Go’ Industry Standard mark, recognised by VisitEngland and VisitScotland.

The Palaces, Galleries and shops will open five days a week for the foreseeable future, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Café at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will also open five days a week, initially offering takeaway service only.

 

The Exhibition Programme at The Queen’s Galleries

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

George IV: Art & Spectacle has been extended until 1 November 2020. The exhibition explores the life and collecting of arguably the most magnificent, and certainly the most flamboyant of British monarchs.

This will be followed by the new exhibition Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, 11 December 2020 – February 2022, which brings together some of the most important paintings in the Royal Collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Japan: Courts and Culture, originally due to open in June 2020, is now expected to open in Spring 2022.

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent, 23 July 2020 – 31 January 2021, presents the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings of South Asian paintings and manuscripts.

This will be followed by Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, 5 March – 5 September 2021, exploring Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s enthusiastic collecting and commissioning of watercolour paintings to record their public and private lives.

 

Reopening dates and opening hours

Windsor Castle: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 10:00 – 17:15 (last admission 16:00)

Palace of Holyroodhouse: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 09:30 – 18:00 (last admission 16:30)

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 11:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:00)

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 11:00 – 18:30 (last admission 17:15)

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse: From 23 July 2020, Thursday – Monday, 09:30 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Revised exhibition programme

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

George IV: Art & Spectacle: 23 July – 1 November 2020

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace: 11 December 2020 – February 2022

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent: 23 July 2020 – 31 January 2021

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour: 5 March – 5 September 2021

The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, Frogmore House and Clarence House will not open to the public this summer, owing to the operational challenges of social distancing.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Collection website here

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