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The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after the turbulence of the English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell's rule led to a resurgence of the arts in England, encouraged by Charles II's patronage and his love of collecting great works of art to decorate his royal apartments. It also helped him to glorify the restored monarchy, and reinforce his position as the country's rightful king.
The centrepiece of the exhibition will be John Michael Wright's monumental portrait of Charles II in his coronation robes, and will also include old master paintings, tapestries and silver-gilt furniture, to showcase the beauty and richness of Charles II's court.
Craig’s review of Queen’s Gallery – “The Queen certainly does have a lot of nice knick-knacks. She's got so many of them, in fact, that she's she's had to open up a whole extra art gallery next-door to Buckingham Palace. The first thing you need to know about the Queen's Gallery is that it has an annoying habit of selling you a timed ticket during busy periods. So if you're one of those meticulous peopl… continued”
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Shadows of War — Fenton’s Photos of the Crimea – 9 Nov 2018 to 28 Apr 2019 – The 'Shadows of War' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimean War.
Bach to Baby, at the Queen’s Gallery – 26 Nov and 17 Dec 2018 – Take your baby to the Queen's Gallery for an informal classical concert and see the Russia Royalty & the Romanovs exhibition
Fantastic Faberge — An Easter event for kids – 19 to 20 Apr 2019 – Take your kids to the Queen's Gallery and see if they can decorate an Easter Egg to compare with the fantastic Faberge ones
Poster Girls — A century of art and design – 13 Oct 2017 to 1 Jan 2019 – Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
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If you enjoy Queen’s Gallery then you might like to visit Buckingham Palace (you can walk it in less than 2 mins), Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace (catch the train from St James’s Park to Queensway), Royal Mews (you can walk it in less than 3 mins) and Windsor Castle
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