Royal Collection Trust

The Royal Collection Trust looks after the Royal Collection, one of the last European royal collections to remain intact, and one of the largest art collections in the world. It is held in trust by the Queen but is managed by the RCT. It contains over one million objects ranging from paintings to sculptures to miniatures to photographs; anything that counts as fine and decorative arts will probably be included. The collection has been gathered since Restoration of the ,onarchy in 1660, as Oliver Cromwell initially sold the greater part of King Charles I’s possessions. The most important additions to the Royal Collection were made by Frederick, Prince of Wales; George III; George IV; Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; and Queen Mary, consort of King George V.

The Collection is housed in 15 royal palaces and former royal residences across the UK. These include Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Hampton Court, the Tower of London, Osborne House and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace holds a large amount of George IV’s art collection, which makes up an unrivalled chunk of the Royal Collection.

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