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Royal Collection Trust

HRH The Prince of Wales visiting the exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist, with Martin Clayton (curator, left) and Dr Ron Philo (centre), co-author of the catalogue.
HRH The Prince of Wales visiting the exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist, with Martin Clayton (curator, left) and Dr Ron Philo (centre), co-author of the catalogue. ©

Established in 1987, Royal Collection Trust incorporates a registered charity* and its trading company, Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd*.

Our charitable aims are as follows:

  • The Royal Collection is subject to proper custodial control and that the works of art remain available to future generations

  • The Royal Collection is maintained and conserved to the highest possible standards and that visitors can view the Collection in the best possible conditions

  • As much of the Royal Collection as possible can be seen by members of the public

  • The Royal Collection is presented and interpreted so as to enhance public appreciation and understanding

  • Access to the Royal Collection is broadened and increased (subject to capacity constraints) to ensure that as many people as possible are able to view the Collection

  • Appropriate acquisitions are made when resources become available

Although we are one of the five departments of the Royal Household, our work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.  Admissions income from Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and from associated trading activities, is devoted to the achievement of our charitable aims.

* Charity Commission for England and Wales registration number 1016972, Office of the Scottish Regulator registration number SCO 39772. The Royal Collection Trust is a company limited by guarantee (company number 2713536).  Its Registered Office, and that of its trading subsidiary Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd (company number 2778486), is York House, St James's Palace, London, SW1A 1BQ.