Russia, Royalty & the Romanov’s

Regal history through art 

This exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, traces the royal alliances and dynastic connections between Britain and Imperial Russia. From Peter the Great’s 1698 visit to London, to the marriage of Tsar Nicholas II to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, every artwork tells a story.

All of the pieces on display – including portraits, sculpture and Fabergé miniatures – are part of the Royal Collection, one of the largest and most significant art collections in the world. What is most fascinating about this curated set of objects is that many of them were made as grand gestures to mark historic events or as personal mementos of diplomatic visits. When viewed alongside the archival photographs and documents on display, they offer a glimpse into the history of these two nations and their royal families.

Among the many items on view to the public for the first time as part of the exhibition will be the watercolour sketches commissioned by Queen Victoria’s son, Albert, to record his wedding to Alexander II’s daughter at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg in 1874.

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9 November 2018 - 28 April 2019


The Queen's Gallery
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Road