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An exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings has recently opened in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London.

"Leonardo da Vinci: 100 Drawings From the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen" will run until Jan. 12, 1997. The drawings, many of which have never been displayed previously, include designs for equestrian monuments, war machines, costumes for court entertainment, studies relating to the artist's interest in water and flight, maps and anatomical sketches. Among the highlights are his "Head of Leda" and sketches for paintings such as the "Adoration of the Magi" and "The Last Supper."The show is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.50, calculated at 1.57 pounds to the dollar; for those under 17, $3.14. Information: (171) 839-1377.

Danish palace

The newly restored Christian VII Palace in Copenhagen is being opened to visitors through Sept. 13 as part of the city's celebrations marking its designation as the cultural capital of Europe.

Built between 1749 and 1754 as Moltke House and later named for King Christian VII, who lived there after a fire destroyed Christiansborg Palace in 1794, the palace was restored over a period of four years at a cost of about $24 million. The project was completed last month.

The palace is situated on the octagonally shaped Amalienborg Square, which contains three additional and almost identical palaces. All were designed in the Rococo style by Niels Eigtved. Among the other palaces in the square is Christian IX Palace, where Queen Margrethe II lives.

Visitors to the Christian VII Palace, where royal functions are held, will be shown the Marble Hall, which is lined with gray marble from southern Poland, the Great Salon or dining room with golden columns and marble buffets and the grand staircase. Outside, the sandstone facade and decorative sculpture have been cleaned and restored where damaged.

Tours of the palace will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for about $7.10, based on 5.62 Danish kroner to the United States dollar. Reservations are suggested; the telephone number to call in Copenhagen is 92-64-00. Information: Danish Tourist Board, (212)949-2333.