By Deb A.
Over four centuries, the British royals have amassed one of the most significant art collections in the world. The Cumberland Art Gallery (named after William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland; the rooms of the gallery were originally built for him in the 1730s) opened this month, making some of Queen Elizabeth II's finest works of art available for public viewing. It is plain to see, even with just the handful of images below, that while the age-old debate around the value of the monarchy will continue to swirl, there can be no debate about the value of its art collection.
(The Cumberland Art Gallery houses a comparatively small selection of gems collected by the British monarchy. The entire Royal Collection can be found here.)
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