Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs

Laurits Regner Tuxen, The marriage of Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, 26 November 1894, 1895-6. Image: Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019.

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This exhibition explores the 300-year relationship between British and Russian royal dynasties through decorative arts, paintings, jewellery, costume, books, letters and photographs, many of which are on public display for the first time.

This exhibition tells the story of the familial, political, diplomatic and artistic associations between Britain and Russia and their royal families from the late 17th century through to Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II and beyond. The unique relationship between the two countries is explored through portraits, sculpture, photographs and archival documents. Many of the rich and varied works of art to be displayed are bespoke – some commissioned as grand diplomatic gifts, others as intimate personal mementos between the Royal Family and the Romanovs, and they bring to life the shared patronage of artists and craftsmen from both countries, including miniature masterpieces by Fabergé.

Through war, alliance and dynastic marriage the relationships between Britain and Russia and their royal families are explored from Peter the Great’s visit to London in 1698 through to Nicholas II. Portraits, sculpture, photographs, archives documents and masterpieces by Fabergé illustrate historic events and family meetings between the rulers of the two nations.

Adult: £7.50


21 June – 3 November

9.30am – 6.00pm (last admission 5.00pm)

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The Queen’s Gallery
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh, EH8 8DX