The Queen's Gallery

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Queen's Gallery is a part of the Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh (the Queen's official residence in Scotland, located at the end of the Royal Mile, in the shadow of Arthur's Seat). It is an art gallery that displays works from the Royal Collection, one of the finest art collections in the world. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The building that houses the gallery was originally built as Holyrood Free Church and School in the mid 19th century by Elizabeth Duchess of Gordon, who was well known for her charitable work mainly for children. The Duchess of Gordon's School was designed by Archibald Simpson in 1846. The Holyrood Free Church next door was built four years after the school, principally to the designs of John Henderson. But as they haven’t been used for their purposes since 1915 they were turned firstly into a storeroom and later into a gallery. The project was appointed to Benjamin Tindall Architects in 1999. Their contemporary style design complements the original 19th-century architecture.

The entrance to the gallery is presided over by Scotland's heraldic lion. It unites the two former buildings. The arch is decorated with a carved garland of Scottish flowers (daisies and thistles are incorporated as well). The monumental door has gilded bronze hinges with the Scottish lion and unicorn on them. The upper hinges are made as golden boughs of flowering native trees - chestnut and laburnum, oak, rowan and hawthorn. There are glass lights set into the stone paving so the arch of the door is reflected at night.

The Gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, focusing primarily on works from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. The exhibiting space can be used as a one unit as well as separated into several different parts. There is an admission paid to see the exhibition.
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