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All You Need to Know About King's Gallery

The King's Gallery, located in Buckingham Palace's prominent south wing, was finally opened to the public in 1962 during Elizabeth II's reign. Originally the site of a chapel destroyed in World War II, this gallery now exhibits rotating displays from the Royal Collection, offering the public a glimpse into royal art and history. Keep reading to learn more!

  • Plethora of masterpieces: The King’s Gallery is home to beautiful artworks from the Royal Collection, which includes pieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Rotating exhibitions: The gallery ensures that it puts on different exhibitions every few months. These exhibitions Royal play around with a wide range of themes and work styles. For example, the King's Gallery is all geared up to exhibit Royal Portraits from the 1920s to the present.
  • Historical significance: Located on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the King's Gallery is built on the site of the palace chapel, which was destroyed by bombings during the Second World War. The site alone holds so much history and stories.
  • Educational opportunities: The King's Gallery offers educational tours and workshops, such as 'Discovering Drawings' and 'Renaissance Art,' tailored for nursery, primary, and secondary students to explore drawing techniques and Renaissance masterpieces from Michelangelo and Raphael.

Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography

When: 17 May - 16 October, 2024

The ‘Royal Portraits’ exhibition at the King's Gallery showcases the pivotal role of portraiture in royal representation from the 1920s to today. The exhibition features over 150 items, including photographic prints and archival documents, highlighting work by iconic photographers like Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz. You can explore the evolving relationship between royal subjects and renowned photographers, enriched by rare behind-the-scenes insights and personal correspondence.

Hand Embroidery Course: Vintage Lace Pin Cushion

When: 23 May, 2024

The "Vintage Lace Pin Cushion" course, in collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework, is an enriching experience inspired by the "Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography" exhibition. You will learn to craft a vintage lace pin cushion using techniques influenced by royal wedding attire. The course includes an exhibition tour, showcasing works by renowned photographers like Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz, and provides an intimate glimpse into royal portrait evolution. This class is designed for all skill levels and provides all the necessary materials for creating a unique keepsake.

Drawing the Italian Renaissance

When: 1 November 2024 - 9 March, 2025

The ‘Drawing the Italian Renaissance’ exhibition at the King's Gallery illuminates the transformative role of drawing during the Renaissance. Featuring approximately 160 works from the Royal Collection, this display includes masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. The exhibition highlights the evolution of drawing from a workshop tool to a refined art form, showcasing various styles and techniques across Italy during this revolutionary era.

Opening Hours
Getting There
  • Timings:
    10am to 5:30pm, every day, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    From 11 July to 31 August, the gallery is open every day.
  • Closed on: From 15 April to 16 May.
  • Best time to visit: Visit during the weekday afternoon for a serene gallery visit.

Address: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom

Find on Maps

  • By Underground: Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park, and Hyde Park Corner are the closest tube stations, each about a 10-minute walk away.
  • By Train: The closest train stations are London Victoria, a 10-minute walk away, and London Charing Cross, approximately 20 minutes on foot.
  • By Bus: Bus routes 11, 211, C1, and C10 serve stops along Buckingham Palace Road. Victoria Coach Station is also conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from the Palace.



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Can I take photographs inside the King's Gallery?

Photography is allowed in most areas of the King's Gallery, but selfie sticks, flashes, and tripods are prohibited. Additionally, photography is only permitted for personal use.

Can I bring outside food and drinks inside the gallery?

Outside food and drinks, except bottled water, are not allowed inside the gallery.

How many exhibition rooms are there in King’s Gallery?

The gallery has only three exhibition rooms, besides several other smaller spaces.

Are pets allowed inside the gallery?

No pets are restricted in the King's Gallery except registered assistance dogs.

Are there any accessibility accommodations at the King's Gallery?

The gallery ensures full accessibility with accessible toilets, seating, D/deaf-friendly scripts, large print texts, and a downloadable guide for autistic visitors.

Are pushchairs allowed in the gallery?

Yes, pushchairs are permitted in the gallery. You can also borrow a baby carrier free of charge.

Is breastfeeding allowed in the King’s Gallery?

Yes, breastfeeding is welcome anywhere within the spaces of the gallery.

How often do the exhibitions change at the King's Gallery?

Exhibitions typically change every few months to showcase different aspects of the Royal Collection.