Behind the scenes as Palace of Holyroodhouse prepares to reopen


22 July 2020
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The team at Palace of Holyroodhouse has released new photos showing preparations for reopening on 23 July 2020.

In common with hundreds of other visitor attractions around the country, Palace of Holyroodhouse is preparing to open as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. Find the latest country-wide reopening dates here.

The palace, at the foot of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh has a long and rich history and is the queen's official base in Scotland. You can read more Holyrood Palace history here.

A Royal Collection Trust curator makes final adjustments to a portrait recently identified as depicting Mary Boleyn, the elder sister of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. The portrait hangs in Mary, Queen of Scots’ Bedchamber at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and is thought to be by Flemish artist Remigius van Leemput. 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020. Photographer David Cheskin

Shortly before lockdown, The Apothesosis of Hercules by Jacob Jacobsz de Wet II was removed by Royal Collection Trust conservation staff from the ceiling of the King’s Bedchamber at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The painting’s surface was cleaned and retouched and work was undertaken to stabilise its frame. 

Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020. Photographer: Mike Davidson

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