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2017 highlights in the Royal Collection Trust

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

The mystery and majesty of the British Royal Family has brought tourists to the UK for many years, eager to catch a glimpse inside their regal world, so far removed from our own realities. For any visitors traveling to the UK in 2017 there are more chances than ever to step inside the lives and times of British Royalty. Here are some of the highlights from the Royal Trust Collection this year.


Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London

Three extra weeks have been added to the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace this year. The palace’s magnificent State Rooms will be open for visits from 22 July – 1 October 2017, so visitors have a total of ten weeks to enjoy the special exhibition, Royal Gifts. This display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty the Queen includes those from former US President Ronald Reagan, former South African President Nelson Mandela and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China.

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace reopened to visitors at the beginning of February. The Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables in existence, is responsible for all road travel arrangements for the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Once again, visitors can view and hear about the historic coaches and carriages on display, including the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and the dazzling Gold State Coach.


Windsor Castle

Statue of Queen Vistoria at Windsor Castle

The Semi-State Rooms, created for George IV and now used by the Queen for entertaining, are open until the end of March so you still have a chance to see them this year. These rooms were severely damaged by the 1992 fire and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the award-winning restoration project which brought the Castle back to life in 1997.


Palace of Holyroodhouse

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

After a successful run at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Maria Merian's Butterflies will open at the Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse on 17th March. The collection of beautiful watercolours by the German artist and entomologist tells the story of her journey to Suriname in South America where she spent two years studying the animals and plants she encountered there.

An exclusive opportunity will be available to visitors in 2017 to go ‘behind-the-ropes’ on a private guided tour which will allow guests to experience the charm of the Palace when it is usually closed to the public (in the morning and evening). The West Drawing Room, not open to day visitors, is a highlight of the tour and for this year 2017 only, groups can enjoy tours with a special focus on Bonnie Prince Charlie's time at the Palace.


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