In summer 2015 the Houses of Parliament stages an exhibition in the Royal Gallery to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Visitors booked on tours which include the Royal Gallery in the House of Lords between 18 June and 24 September 2015 will be able to view this exhibition.
'Waterloo, Wellington and Westminster' explores the connections between Parliament and this key event in European history, which saw the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by a coalition army led by the Duke of Wellington, a future British Prime Minister.
MPs and Peers played crucial roles in the battle and its legacy, from fighting on the battlefield to commissioning one of the most important commemorations of the event in the form of Daniel Maclise’s famous painting 'The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo' (pictured above).
Conceived around Maclise’s iconic picture, the exhibition draws on the important historical collections of the Parliamentary Art Collection and Parliamentary Archives.
Due to the installation and taking down of the exhibition, audio and guided tours on 13 June, 25 September and 26 September 2015 will not include Norman Porch and the Queen’s Robing Room. All other parts of the tour route including the Lords Chamber and the Commons Chamber remain open. Normal tour prices and group rates apply.
Image: Daniel Maclise, 'The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo' (detail), 1861 (WOA 3246)