Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery is a public art gallery located at Buckingham Palace, home of the British monarch, in London. It exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection (i.e. those works owned by the Queen "in trust for the nation" rather than privately) on a rotating basis; about 450 works are on display at any one time.

The gallery is located at the west front of the Palace, on the site of a chapel bombed during the Second World War, and first opened in 1962. Over the following 37 years it received some 5 million visitors, until it was closed in 1999 for extension work carried out by John Simpson. In 2002 the work was complete, and on May 21 the Gallery was reopened by the Queen to coincide with her Golden Jubilee. The extension added the current Doric entrance portico and several new rooms, more than tripling the size of the building. It is open to the public on a daily basis.

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