The Prince of Wales recorded a welcome message as the Royal Collection Trust re-opened The Queen’s Palaces and Galleries on Thursday.
“2020 has been a year unlike any other, and as we emerge from months away from loved ones and trying times, I’m delighted that we can start to look forward to enjoying so many of the things that we might have taken for granted before,” Prince Charles’s message begins. He recorded it in his capacity as Chairman of the Royal Collection Trust.
“The joy of art, learning new things, exploring magnificent buildings are all at the heart of what the Royal Collection Trust is about and, as chairman, I look forward to you being able to visit one of Her Majesty The Queen’s official residences once again.”
Among The Queen’s Palaces that have now re-opened are Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace; while the exhibitions at The Queen’s Galleries in London, at Buckingham Palace, and Edinburgh, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, have also re-opened.
The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is currently featuring an exhibit dedicated to King George IV called George IV: Art & Spectacle. The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is currently featuring an exhibit dedicated to South Asian art called Eastern Encounters.
“We are all, rightly, more cautious than before and therefore much work has been done to help ensure that not only your visit is enjoyable, but it is also safe. Whether it is wandering around through an exhibition, walking through the gardens or exploring the residence interiors, you will be warmly welcomed and well looked after.
“I do hope, therefore, that you have a wonderful visit,” the Prince of Wales said in his message.
The Royal Collection Trust has implemented new safety features to limit the spread of COVID-19, including requiring attendees to purchase timed tickets ahead of time and reducing the number of tickets available each day to control capacity.