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A Lovely Gift


English artist Edwin Landseer's painting is part of the Royal Collection, and has been exhibited in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. (A child prodigy who exhibited at the Royal Academy when he was 13, Landseer sculpted the Trafalgar Square lions.)

Forty years ago the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had the idea of creating a permanent space dedicated to changing exhibitions of the art and treasures collected by earlier monarchs and "held in trust by The Queen for the Nation". They decided to establish a gallery in the west front of Buckingham Palace out of World War II bomb-damaged ruins.

The Queen's Gallery in London was redeveloped and reopened by The Queen in 2002. It is open to the public, as is The Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh.

Exhibitions have included works by Leonardo (the breathtaking Babe in Womb), Van Dyck, and Canaletto; photographs from the Royal Photograph Collection; postage stamps from the Royal Philatelic Collection; and Fabergé animals, less well known than his eggs and infinitely more charming.