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Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visited the Gatchina Palace on September 10 as part of her state visit to Russia.

The Queen viewed the state apartments and the private rooms of Alexander III’s family members. The Queen was particularly interested in the items associated with the Empress Maria Feodorovna (born Princess Marie Sophie Fredrica Dagmar) who was the sister of King Frederik VIII, Margrethe II’s great grandfather.

To commemorate the visit the Queen was presented with the photograph of Maria Feodorovna with her children and an album dedicated to Alexander III and his family in Gatchina.


Gatchina Museum Participates in the Exhibition Magnificence and Grandeur in Europe's Courts
The objects lent for the exhibition included an imperial tea set showing views of the Gatchina park; two portraits of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna, Alexander II’s spouse (one of those is the work by I.N.Kramskoy); the portrait of Grand Dutches Maria Pavlovna, the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich; and the portrait of Princess Charlotte of Prussia by F.G. Kugelgen.

Since the opening of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco in 2000, every year the 2500-square meter Ravel Hall is used to hold this large-scale arts and historical exhibition.

This year’s exhibition coincides with the outstanding event – the wedding of Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock and focuses on the magnificence and grandeur in Europe's Courts. The exhibition will remain on view July 11 through September 11.


The Mounted Patrol was created in Gatchina Park in early June and was very well received by the public, both the permanent citizens and the guests of Gatchina.

Patrol-Guard Service operates on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 5-8 pm/


The Federal Surveillance Service for Compliance with the Law in Cultural Heritage Protection (Rosokhrankultura) signed an act on June 7, 2011 to transfer the icon the Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple to the collection of the Gatchina Palace-Museum as part of the press conference marking the return to Russia of a number of cultural heritage items.

The prominent art collector Vladimir Alexeevich Logvinenko gave the icon the Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple to Rosokhrankultura June 1, 2011.

The unique icon carved of cypress in 1889 was presented to the Russian Emperor Alexander III by the Russian skete of the Prophet Elijah on Mount Athos in 1893 to mark the 10th coronation anniversary as testified by the inscription on the reverse.

The icon was originally in the chapel of the Gatchina Palace and was later lost in WWII.


March 10 is the Children’s day at the Gatchina Palace. This is a special day for children and their parent to get acquainted, at no charge, with the museum’s programs and tours that were prepared for children in 2011.

These include such tours as the Mystery of Gatchina Castle, Visiting a Knight, Spring Ball of Flowers, Classical Legends in Fine Arts, Entrance is Permitted, etc.