Queen gives rare glimpse into ‘absolutely stonking’ part of her personal life


THE QUEEN, while refurbishing Buckingham Palace, has decided to take down all her artwork and put it on an exhibition of the general public.

The reason for the palace “facelift” is because there is a great deal of damage on the walls and corridors that are in need of repair. It is believed that around 65 paintings will be taken down from the walls and corridors of the palace. They will be moved to the nearby Queen’s Gallery for a showcase.

According to rumours some of the artwork is thought to have been done by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Vermeer, Rubens and Titian.

The exhibition will be called Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace and it’ll allow visitors to appreciate the works properly for the first time.

Up until now, the only chance you would have had to see the painting would have been at the palace’s annual Summer Opening.

It is believed that from December you will be able to see this exclusive exhibition in the Queen’s Gallery.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, exhibition curator and Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, said the plan to synchronise the major revamp of Buckingham Palace with the exhibition would avoid making “fantastically complicated arrangements” for storing the paintings elsewhere while giving a new audience to its “absolutely stonking masterpieces”.

The refurbishment of the palace is looking to take place over the next ten years, with around £369 million going into the project.

Experts say it should help protect the building for the future, including replacing electrical cabling, plumbing and heating which have not been updated since the 1950s.

Buckingham Palace artwork on display

Buckingham Palace artwork on display (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

From December 2020, paintings from the Picture Gallery will be rehung in the Queen’s Gallery, a separate building open to art-lovers all year round.

The paintings themselves will be from the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries.

“It’s actually worked out fantastically well,” said Mr Shawe-Taylor.

The Queen inspecting guards

The Queen inspecting guards (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

He believes that this will be a successful exhibition as when the Buckingham Palace Picture Gallery is usually open people seemed fairly excited.

“There’s a whole State Rooms package, in the middle of which you suddenly come across these Vermeers and Rembrandts,” he said.

“Many visitors will just think ‘I’m not in the mood for calm, peaceful Vermeers’. It’s a different experience.”

Three gallery assistants discuss their favourite pieces among the display of the

Three gallery assistants discuss their favourite pieces among the display of the “Windsor Beauties” (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

“When they go into the Queen’s Gallery it’s a totally different space, with time to look at them properly.

“We hope it will mean everybody can really get to know these paintings.”


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