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The Royal Collection Trust is responsible for the conservation and maintenance of hundreds and thousands of untold, priceless treasures that make up the Royal Collection - otherwise known as some of the most important artefacts in the world. And today (April 7), I was lucky enough to see a selection of them myself in the new 'Japan: Courts and Culture' exhibition before it opens to the public.

Walking past Buckingham Palace and towards The Queen's Gallery, I was incredibly excited to see what would be on display. I had a vague idea of what jewels of the collection I would be lucky enough to see but it is no exaggeration to say that my expectations were more exceeded!

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From incredibly ornate folding screens to beautifully preserved letters and even intricate Samurai armour, the exhibition had absolutely everything and told the 350-year old story between Japan and Britain in great detail.

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The Royal Collection's breathtaking new exhibition 'Japan: Courts and Culture' brings together more than 150 individual artefacts to tell the story of over three centuries of shared diplomacy and culture between Japan and Britain.

One of the gems of the collection was the samurai armour designed by Iwai Yozaemon which was sent to King James I in 1613, along with a letter which granted the British permission to trade with Japan.

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The first room also included many intricate porcelain jars and vases that were acquired by everyone from Queen Mary II to King George IV.

Journeying into the other six rooms, the stunning work and craftsmanship screamed volumes and I can say with absolutely no hint of irony that I could have looked at the exhibits all day.

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The stories that were told about the relationships between Japan and the Royal Family were immediately enough to draw you in.

We heard how Queen Victoria's son, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, became the first European royal to visit modern Japan. It was clear that what the prince saw left him in awe as he wrote to his mother: "To give you any account of this country, I feel quite at a loss. Every thing is so new & so quaint that I am quite bewildered."

The most unbelievable story was the tale of how Prince Albert Victor and Prince George (future King George V) received tattoos in 1881 while they were in the Navy to mark their time in the country.

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While there are no surviving images of the royal brothers and their inkings, official recordings reveal that Albert Victor had "a couple of storks" as his tattoo, while George chose to have a tiger on one arm and a dragon on the other - a combination which is said to signify the ties between East and West.

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The entire collection was incredible and every artefact that has been carefully chosen by the curators tells the story of the closeness between the two nations.

However, if I had to choose a favourite piece on display it would have to be the intricately designed folding screens that were gifted to Queen Victoria by the Emperor Meiji for her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Incredibly, when the team were working to preserve the embroidered screen, they discovered that it had previously been on display in Windsor Castle.

The curators didn't find this out through official recordings, but rather the fact that the back of the artefact had been patched up by a Victorian train timetable that showed the stations Reading, Slough and Windsor.

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Rachel Peat, curator of Japan: Courts and Culture , said: "We are delighted to give visitors a rare chance to see these stunning works from Japan, which have been marvelled at, displayed and cherished by members of the British royal family for centuries.

"It’s a real opportunity to see first-hand the precious materials and intricate techniques which have so profoundly shaped British taste and which helped forge a lasting relationship between the two nations. We hope visitors will enjoy discovering the worlds of ritual, honour and artistry that link the courts and cultures of Britain and Japan to this day."

Japan: Courts and Culture is running at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, April 8, 2022 – February 26, 2023. Book your tickets HERE.

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