Palace of Westminster: Sovereign’s Robing Room

The Sovereign’s Robing Room is one of the principal fine rooms within the Palace, and is used by the sovereign as part of the annual State Opening of Parliament. The high-Victorian room, designed by E.M. Barry, features a wealth of sumptuous decorative finishes, including gilded linen-fold oak panelling, painted glazing, polychromatic joinery and a magnificent marble and mosaic chimneypiece. Donald Insall Associates conserved vulnerable elements, such as the chimneypiece, and restored the gilded and polychrome joinery.  The project has been extremely well received by visitors and users alike, having transformed the tired looking room, into one where the gilded and polished joinery catch the light and the chimneypiece stands as a focal point in the room, just as it was intended to be viewed by Queen Victoria upon its opening in 1866.

Parliamentary Estates Directorate