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Royal Visit to Margate’s Turner Contemporary

Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh are visiting Margate’s Turner Contemporary Gallery today.

The visit caps a hugely successful opening seven months for Turner Contemporary which has already received over 300,000 visits, double the annual forecast, and is on course to finish the year as one of the South East’s biggest tourist attractions.

The gallery has already established an international profile, attracting visitors from across the UK and beyond to this historic Kent seaside town, putting it firmly back on the map and bringing significant economic benefits to local businesses.

On Sunday, Turner Contemporary won two prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers’ awards, the Globe Award for an outstanding tourism project and the Best UK Tourism Project.  This follows the award of The Best use of Arts and Culture in Regeneration at The Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011 and the Condé Nast Readers Choice Award for Innovation and Design.  In the summer, the Times named Margate and Turner Contemporary as the top UK destination for “Cool Culture”.

On her visit to the gallery, Her Majesty The Queen will meet with key members of staff and will be introduced to artist Tracey Emin and architect Sir David Chipperfield, as well as hearing from local school children and participants from a number of community projects run by the gallery.

“The visit of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Turner Contemporary is not just a great moment for Margate but a major acknowledgement for British contemporary art. And it’s so exciting – Margate’s on the map again.” Tracey Emin, artist.

The Royal visitors will be given a tour of the current exhibition, Nothing in the World But Youth, containing works and themes of since the recent riots and discussions around Youth in society.

They will also be able to enjoy Rodin’s  iconic sculpture The Kiss, on display outside London for only the third time ever.



This is the first time since 1993 that Her Majesty has visited Margate. Before visiting Turner Contemporary the Queen will tour the Old Town and meet local businesses to see for herself the impact of the gallery and to learn about future plans for the town.  (Information on Royal Visit courtesy of Turner Contemporary.)

See also our May 7th blog: “I never knew Margate was like this…” about South East Tour Guides’ first visit to Turner Margate.