The Royal Collection as a whole is a department of the Royal Household created in 1987 which collects and maintains collections and displays varying in age, history, price and rarity.
The collection is owned by the state and held in trust by the Sovereign. The department takes no money from the government and receives all of the funds required via the Royal Collection Trust which was created in 1993 and is administered by The Prince of Wales.
The collection is vast and contains items from many different monarchs’ reigns. Today over 3,000 of the collection’s items are on long-term loan around the United Kingdom some of which include The British Museum and the National Gallery. The collection consists of items such as paintings, clocks, silver, china and books which have been collected and catalogued to preserve their historical value.
The collection is like others around the world in many respects except for the fact that members of the public are able to view it in museum and in historic settings such as The Queen’s palaces which often rotates collections in order to circulate the works throughout the nation.
For more: visit the Royal Collection’s website