Royal Collection

Do good monarchs make bad art collectors? Inside the British Royal Collection

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Queen Elizabeth II, proprietor in trust of one of the world's greatest art collections, has died, aged 96

Britain’s longest-serving monarch died at Balmoral, her private estate in Aberdeenshire. During her reign she oversaw the opening up of the Royal Collection to the public and to art history

The best artist portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, from Cecil Beaton's fairytale glitter to Jamie Reid's punk provocation

Depictions of the British sovereign, one of the most painted women in history, reflect the changing status of the monarchy over more than half a century

Queen Elizabeth II: what really appealed to the Lowry-buying monarch who once said 'I have no taste'?

Over 70 years on the throne, the British sovereign delegated matters of aesthetics either to her late husband or to her son and heir, Charles

A coded royal message: how the Queen used clothes to send signals to the world

From a consciously inclusive Coronation dress in 1953 to a brooch that symbolised compassion for Covid victims in 2020, Queen Elizabeth II used what she wore to be seen from afar and to make diplomatic and emotional statements

Why Queen Elizabeth II was one of the greatest performance artists of all time

The British sovereign made herself globally visible, using personal presence, coded symbolism, and the power of broadcasting, to uphold a constitutional monarchy in an era of unparalleled social change

Six of the best photographs from Queen Elizabeth II's life in the spotlight

From wartime princess in khaki green to widowed monarch in black, Elizabeth became, through visual media, the most recognised figure in the world

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, the British sovereign who perfected the fine art of monarchy

Over seven decades, the monarch used ceremonial, media and heritage to project soft power around the globe

England’s Coronation tapestries: the right royal story behind the lavish, 500-year-old textiles

Could the historic pieces make an appearance at Westminster Abbey when Prince Charles succeeds the Queen?

Will the Queen return her Benin bronze? How the African treasure was looted not once, but twice

The 17th-century oba head was plucked from the Nigerian National Museum and given to Elizabeth II as a thank-you gift

Curators responsible for Queen’s art collection lose their jobs in Covid-19 cost-cutting exercise

Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures post, held by Desmond Shawe-Taylor, will be ‘lost and held in abeyance’

The Queen's hidden masterpieces to leave Buckingham Palace for the first time

Major palace renovations mean that the Queen's Gallery will display 65 works from the Royal Collection including pieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

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Portrait sketch of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in Britain’s Royal Collection

The drawing, believed to be one of only two contemporary images of the artist, will go on show for the first time at the Queen’s Gallery in London

Twelve Leonardo shows to open simultaneously in the UK to mark 500th anniversary of artist’s death

Drawings from the Royal Collection go on show around the country this week before larger surveys in London and Edinburgh later in the year

Leonardo da Vinci's thumbprint discovered on drawing in Royal Collection

The mark is “the most convincing candidate for an authentic Leonardo fingerprint” among the Queen’s 550 works by the great artist

Scotland has just four per cent of the Royal Collection—it's time it got a fairer share

The Queen has seven Rembrandts, 29 Van Dycks and 52 Canalettos, yet not one is on long-term display in Scotland

The Queen's image: how portrayals of Elizabeth II changed over her lifetime

From Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and from Pietro Annigoni to Lucian Freud, a broad spectrum of image-makers have portrayed the Queen

Queen Victoria & Albert: Art and Love

An exhibition catalogue continues the trend of challenging the dour image of Victoria

Queen to send Leonardos on UK tour

Celebrating Prince Charles' 60th with 10 of the master's best works

Leonardo da Vinci on the divine and the grotesque at the Queen's Gallery

Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, plays host to highlights from the Royal Collection

The Royal Collection's list of paintings acquired in the first 50 years of Elizabeth II's reign

The acquisitions have not been ostentatious, with a significant portion of them being historic royal portraits, bequests or donations

Celebrating Prinny, Britain’s second-greatest royal collector after Charles I

The Carlton House treasures reassembled from the Royal Collection for the first time since 1827