The Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh
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The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

Located next to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the eastern end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Canongate is the Queen's Gallery. Opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in November 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, the gallery represents the first permanent exhibition space in Scotland for the Royal Collection. This collection includes art-works, jewellery and furniture of international importance. The gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions based on the items drawn from that collection.

The gallery was built by architects Benjamin Tindall in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon's School and its construction funded entirely by the Royal Collections Trust. The Duchess of Gordon's School was built in Scots Renaissance style by architect Archibald Simpson (1790 - 1847) in 1846. The Holyrood Free Church was also endowed by Elizabeth, Duchess of Gordon and built on an adjacent site in 1850 by local church architect John Henderson (1804-62). Both buildings were disused by the end of the 19th C.

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