Letter:Royal pictures

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Sir: The Royal Collection does not belong to the state (letter, 6 March) and does not receive public funding. Numerous works are on loan and even before the Queen recently placed her collection in the care of trustees pictures were toured for free viewing in municipal galleries. The collection has never been more accessible. Her Majesty opened the Queen's Gallery as early as 1962 and this summer Buckingham Palace will again be open to the public.

The "exorbitant entrance prices" at Hampton Court are the responsibility of the agency set up by the Government whose lack of arts funding is a scandal.

Leigh Hatts

London SE1

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