Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour
A SPECIAL exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour will be on display from July 26 to September 30, 2009. It will includes dresses, jewels, photographs and gifts presented to Her Majesty by the people of the Commonwealth.
Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour celebrates the 60th anniversary of the London Declaration of 1949, which recognised the British Sovereign as Head of the Commonwealth.
The Queen has travelled further than any other monarch in history and has made over 170 official visits to Commonwealth countries during her reign. The exhibition will represent six regions of the Commonwealth: Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, The Caribbean and Central America, Asia (including India), Island Peoples and Pacific Realms.
It will highlight The Queen’s role at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings, of which she has attended 32, and some particularly important inward State Visits from Commonwealth countries.
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and serves as both home and office.
Today the State Rooms are used extensively by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions. During August and September when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace’s nineteen state rooms are open to visitors.
The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection – paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sevres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.
The Palace’s 39-acre garden is an oasis for wildlife, and visitors can enjoy a garden walk that offers superb views of the Garden Front of the Palace and the 19th-century lake.
A complimentary audio tour provides a lively introduction to centuries of royal history and includes interviews with Royal Household staff about the working Palace and the works of art on display.