Royal Collection

Art collection of the British Royal Family Art exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

The Royal Collection of the British royal family is the largest private art collection in the world.

Spread among 13 occupied and historic royal residences in the United Kingdom, the collection is owned by Elizabeth:II and overseen by the Royal Collection Trust. The Queen owns some of the collection in right of the Crown and some as a private individual. It is made up of over one million objects, including 7,000 paintings, over 150,000 works on paper, this including 30,000 watercolours and drawings, and about 450,000 photographs, as well as tapestries, furniture, ceramics, textiles, carriages, weapons, armour, jewellery, clocks, musical instruments, tableware, plants, manuscripts, books, and sculptures.

Some of the buildings which house the collection, like Hampton Court Palace, are open to the public and not lived in by the Royal Family, whilst others, like Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace, are both residences and open to the public. The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London was built specially to exhibit pieces from the collection on a rotating basis. There is a similar art gallery next to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, and a Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle. The Crown Jewels are on public display in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.

About 3,000 objects are on loan to museums throughout the world, and many others are lent on a temporary basis to exhibitions.

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Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
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List of portrait drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger
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Fabergé egg
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Finances of the British royal family
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Royal Collection Management Committee
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Director of the Royal Collection
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Cullinan Diamond
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Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore
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Jewels of Elizabeth II
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Buckingham Palace
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Imperial State Crown
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Elizabeth II
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Royal Collections Museum
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Canaletto
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Holyrood Palace
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