Queen’s masterpieces stripped from palace walls

Works by Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Canaletto, highlights of the royal collection, have been removed from Buckingham Palace’s Picture Gallery, one of the state rooms, so that it can be refurbished.

For the first time in 45 years the gallery is bereft of 65 of the finest masterpieces in the world, but the paintings will be seen again, rehung in the Queen’s Gallery for the exhibition Masterpieces from the Royal Collection, opening on December 4.

Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

For four weeks a team of specialist handlers carefully and systematically removed the paintings, which have hung in the Picture Gallery since it was created for George IV in the 1820s.

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