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Since the reign of Charles I, a bad king with exquisite taste, the Royal Family has amassed a priceless collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. This splendid gallery in the South Wing of Buckingham Palace showcases some of the palace’s treasures on a rotating basis, through temporary exhibitions.
The gallery was originally designed as a conservatory by John Nash. It was converted into a chapel for Queen Victoria in 1843, destroyed in a 1940 air raid and reopened as a gallery in 1962. A £20 million renovation for Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 enlarged the entrance and added a Greek Doric portico and multimedia centre, and tripled the display space. Entrance to the gallery is from Buckingham Gate.