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This pair of sundials were made by the famed London clockmaker Thomas Tompion for the Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace. They were most likely installed at the end of the seventeenth century as the king's new apartments and gardens were being completed. To learn more about the fascinating history of sundials and art of dialling, join us for our lunchtime lecture on 29 April at ‪#‎QueensGallery‬ London - http://bit.ly/1OlGSTB

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This beautifully illustrated catalogue is fresh to our shelves and accompanies our new exhibition, ‪#‎PaintingParadise‬, at ‪#‎QueensGallery‬ London. It features a foreword by Sir Roy Strong, formerly director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Pick up a copy at the Gallery shop or online - http://bit.ly/1FVJ16b

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Did you know that last year the Royal Family welcomed around 62,000 guests to +Buckingham Palace at State Visits, receptions, Garden Parties, Investitures and private audiences? This year at the Summer Opening of the Palace, displays throughout the State Rooms will recreate the settings for these occasions and show the preparations that go into each one. For the first time ever, visitors to the Summer Opening will enter the State Rooms through the magnificent Grand Entrance, used by those who come to the Palace at the invitation of The Queen, including Heads of State and Prime Ministers. Find out more about ‪#‎RoyalWelcome‬ here – https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/a-royal-welcome

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Painted nearly 500 years ago, this is the first known portrait of a gardener. Depicting Jacopo Cennini, factor and estate manager to the powerful House of Medici in Florence, the portrait was created at a time when there was growing public interest in gardening and the skills of horticulture. The portrait is among 150 works of art from the Royal Collection going on display in the exhibition ‪#‎PaintingParadise‬ which opens at ‪#‎QueensGallery‬, Buckingham Palace this Friday - http://bit.ly/1x7HQAi

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Here is one of +Royal Collection Trust Paintings Conservators at work, conserving the 16th-century painting 'The Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine and Barbara' in preparation for the upcoming exhibition, ‪#‎PaintingParadise‬, at ‪#‎QueensGallery‬ London - http://bit.ly/1L22rfq
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Teachers interested in a different spin for a school visit should check out the new schools programme at ‪#‎QueensGallery‬. Designed to accompany the forthcoming exhibition ‪#‎PaintingParadise‬, there is a range of taught sessions and online resources are available - http://bit.ly/1wxtsAF

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This is one of the first portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and shows how they saw the garden as a symbol of domestic harmony and family life. In the background you can see a small figure being pushed along in a bath chair - it is Queen Victoria's mother, Victoria, Duchess of Kent. Examine the painting in more detail in ‪#‎PaintingParadise‬ which opens 20 March - http://bit.ly/1MOIsz8

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Join a free BSL Interpreted and Lipspeaking Guided Tour of the Cairo to Constantinople exhibition at #QueensGallery, Buckingham Palace to find out more about the Prince of Wales's royal tour of 1862. The event starts at 18:30 on Wednesday, 21 January and tickets must be pre-booked – http://bit.ly/14UIS5K

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If you have visited our exhibition Cairo to Constantinople at #QueensGallery, Buckingham Palace, you will have seen this ancient Egyptian funerary stela from the Prince of Wales's 1862 tour of the Middle East. This impressive tablet from 3rd century BC underwent important conservation work before going on display. Read about the process here - http://bit.ly/1w2DaV8

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#onthisday in 1922 the tomb of 14th-century BC pharaoh Tutankhamun was opened in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. The future King Edward VII had visited the spot 60 years earlier on his tour of the Middle East. Follow the #royaltour1862 in pictures with our book, 'Cairo to Constantinople: Francis Bedford's Photographs of the Middle East', available from our online shop - http://bit.ly/1FqTFQ9
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