For more than 300 years, the British Royal Family has enjoyed a close bond with Russia – but never before has the connection been so perfectly illustrated as in the exhibition, Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs.
Drawing on a wide range of photographs, archives and artefacts from the Royal Collection, the exhibition investigates this rich relationship through the ages. Some works on display are well-known, others are being shown for the first time – and never before have they been brought together in this way.
Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs opens on 9 November 2018 at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and runs until 28 April 2019. Listen to co-curator Stephen Patterson as he talks about the exhibition and unveils incredible stories of family, diplomacy and alliances behind the works of art.
‘For the first time, we have been able to assemble this amazing group of materials, and through them we can tell so many stories about the connections between the Royal family and Russia over 300 years.’
‘Each work forms part of the narrative of the relationship between the two countries, and bringing them together makes you look at them in a way that we hadn’t done before.’
‘The Royal Collection contains one of the finest collections of works by Carl Fabergé. Queen Alexandra's sister was the Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia and both were great collectors of Fabergé's works – as were King Edward VII , King George V, Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra's daughter, Princess Victoria.’