King reopens Burrell Collection after £68m refurbishment

The museum in Glasgow was originally opened by Charles’s late mother the Queen in 1983.

13 October 2022

The King was greeted by cheers from children as he arrived to open a newly refurbished museum which was originally opened by his mother 39 years ago.

Dressed in Royal Stewart Hunting Tartan on his first official engagement in Glasgow as monarch, Charles looked delighted as he was presented with an autumnal wreath by local nursery children when he arrived at the Burrell Collection.

He was taken on a guided tour by Jane Rowlands, senior museums manager at Glasgow Life, and spoke to curators as he toured the exhibits.

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Charles was greeted by school and nursery children (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The museum, situated in Pollok Park, closed to the public in October 2016 and reopened in March this year following a £68.25 million project that increased its gallery space by 35%.

The King was shown a statue of The Luohan which portrays a Buddhist monk.

The moment was particularly poignant as both his late mother and grandmother have previously been photographed beside it.

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The King viewed the statue of a Luohan (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Following a viewing of the museum’s collection of stained-glass windows and elaborate tapestries, the King was escorted into a bright open foyer where he met with volunteers and those involved with the museum’s refurbishment.

The King was then invited to unveil a plaque by the chair of Glasgow Life, Annette Christie, who called it a “momentous occasion” for Glasgow.

She added: “Thirty-nine years ago, her late majesty Queen Elizabeth opened the original building.

King unveils plaque
Charles unveiled a plaque to mark his visit (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“Today it is my great honour to invite His Majesty King Charles to unveil the plaque of our official reopening and refurbishment of the Burrell Collection.”

Charles unveiled the plaque which read: “The Burrell Collection opened 13 October 2022 by His Majesty the King.”

He met with local dignitaries during his visit, including faith leaders.

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Charles took the time to meet members of the public – and their pets – who had gathered outside the museum (Andrew Milligan/PA)

He left the museum to music from Notre Dame Academy pupils, and was sent on his way by local school children who waved flags and chanted “Charles”.

He greeted members of the public before leaving.

The Burrell Collection, which was opened by the Queen in 1983, was gifted to the city of Glasgow by Sir William Burrell and his wife Constance in 1944.

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