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Queen Elizabeth marks milestone anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts

Yesterday, Her Majesty The Queen marked the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts by opening their newest building.

She toured and officially opened the Burlington Gardens building before it opens to the public on 19 May.

Queen Elizabeth is “the Academy’s Patron, Protector and Supporter”, according to the Royal Family’s Twitter page. Ever Sovereign has held this role since 1768.

The 91-year-old monarch grabbed attention in an exceptionally orange jacket and matching hat with floral details.

Queen Elizabeth unveiled a painting that is to be hung in the new building. The self-portrait was of English painter Joshua Reynolds. Reynolds was the first president of the academy and painted one of the other painting Her Majesty viewed of King George III.

The Queen also viewed the ‘Instrument of Foundation’ signed by George III on 10 December 1768.

The exact date of the 250th anniversary falls on 19 May, the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, meaning The Queen will definitely not be in attendance at the academy’s celebrations.

Queen Elizabeth was given a tour of the current exhibition at the academy, Charles I: King and Collector. Many of the items having been donated by the Royal Collection.


Internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield RA is behind the design and redevelopment of the Royal Academy of Arts. The new building will provide over 70% more space than the original Burlington House.

The academy was founded by King George III in 1768 so people by appreciate the arts and practice architecture and visual arts through education, debate and exhibitions.

As she left, two young girls gifted Queen Elizabeth with a posy each.



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