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Conservation and discoveries in our paper collections

We have around 25,000 works of art on paper in Historic Royal Palaces' collection. While many are on display, the vast majority are held in storage. These are delicate items and it's essential to conserve and store them correctly in order to preserve them for posterity.

The Crown Jewels

The history of the Crown Jewels, including the Imperial State Crown - a priceless collection used to crown the kings and queens of England.

Duleep Singh

The last Sikh Maharaja of the Punjab and former owner of the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

Royal lace: the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales

The ivory taffeta wedding dress designed for Diana, Princess of Wales, remains an iconic garment in royal wedding dress history, with the bodice of the dress featuring a piece of antique Carrick-ma-cross lace that once belonged to King Charles III’s great-grandmother, Queen Mary.

Cumberland Art Gallery highlights

Find out more about the gallery and the display of works from the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace.

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Things to see

Cumberland Art Gallery

Discover masterpieces by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, van Dyck, and more at the Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace.

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
Learn more
  • Things to see

The Crown Jewels

Discover the dazzling history of the Crown Jewels in the spectacular Crown Jewels exhibition.

  • Open
  • Allow one hour
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Line of Kings

Marvel at the historic armour of Henry VIII, Charles I and James II in the Line of Kings at the White Tower.

  • Open
  • Tower of London
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Red Room

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The Throne Room

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Queen Elizabeth II received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
Learn more

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Conservation and discoveries in our paper collections

We have around 25,000 works of art on paper in Historic Royal Palaces' collection. While many are on display, the vast majority are held in storage. These are delicate items and it's essential to conserve and store them correctly in order to preserve them for posterity.

Royal lace: the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales

The ivory taffeta wedding dress designed for Diana, Princess of Wales, remains an iconic garment in royal wedding dress history, with the bodice of the dress featuring a piece of antique Carrick-ma-cross lace that once belonged to King Charles III’s great-grandmother, Queen Mary.

Cumberland Art Gallery highlights

Find out more about the gallery and the display of works from the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace.