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Picture gallery at Buckingham Palace stripped back for first time in almost 45 years


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Over the past month, Royal Collection Trust staff have been carefully removing some 65 paintings, along with beautiful French furniture created by Adam Weisweiler and Georges Jacob and exquisite Japanese and Chinese porcelain from the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace for the first time since 1976 as part of the ten year “Reservicing Programme” which began in spring 2017.

A lot of the galleries infrastructure requires updating, which hasn’t been done since the Second World War; the roof, pipes and electrical wiring need replacing, and there are plans to install an elevator in order to make it more accessible for guests and visitors.

The Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace is home to at least 65 works of art. This extraordinary picture collection includes the works of Rembrandt, Canaletto and Van Dyck to name but a few. The collection is re-arranged regularly and often lent to art galleries and museums for their exhibitions.

Following months of extensive planning, the Royal Collection Trust and the reservicing management team have made arrangements for 65 of the paintings to be included in a new exhibition in The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, named Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace.

The picture gallery in Buckingham Palace was designed by the famous British architect John Nash. King George IV commissioned it during the 1820s to display the magnificent art collection which he and his ancestors had acquired over the years.

The Picture Gallery is also one of the palace’s main state rooms, used for receptions and official state visits. In 2019, this room was used to host American President Donald Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.

The Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace exhibition opens on the 4th December 2020, until 31st January 2022.

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Susan is an Actress, Vocalist, Voice-over artist and Writer. She graduated from the University of Salford with a BA (HONS) Music Degree and spent some time travelling around Europe with various choirs, during which time she also performed in the opening ceremony of the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games before pursuing her acting and writing career.