Another major change is coming next year, this time within the Royal Collection Trust.
On 4th December, the Trust announced that in 2024, The Queen’s Galleries at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will become The King’s Galleries, reflecting the new reign of King Charles III.
Opened by the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, The Queen’s Galleries at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse exist in their current forms after a redesign during the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Both galleries display artwork that belongs to the Royal Collection which King Charles holds in trust for the Royal Family and the nation.
The Queen’s Galleries at Buckingham Palace was created in 1962 at the suggestion of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; The Queen’s Galleries at the Palace of Holyroodhouse was constructed between 1999 and 2002 and opened during the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Both galleries have welcomed over five million visitors since their re-openings in 2002. The current exhibition at the Buckingham Palace gallery is Holbein at the Tudor Court. In May 2024, the gallery will showcase an exhibition called Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography, featuring over 150 portraits of the Royal Family since the 1920s.
The gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed through to 2024 for maintenance. Its most recent exhibition was Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, featuring artwork by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens and Gentileschi.
Further details on the galleries’ renaming and future programming will be shared in due course.