Prince Charles shares private family portraits of William and Harry that adorn his home
Prince Charles will be featuring artworks from his private collection during a special exhibit for the summer opening of the Buckingham Palace.
Several family portraits have been chosen by The Prince of Wales from his private collection to be displayed in the Prince & Patron special exhibit for this year’s Palace summer opening.
The exhibition will mark the 70th birthday of Prince Charles. 100 artworks, which have been personally selected by the Prince both from the Royal Collection as well as from his own.
The art pieces have been created by artists who have been supported by Prince Charles’ charities: the Royal Drawing School, The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, and Turquoise Mountain.
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One artwork to be displayed during the exhibit, according to Royal Collection Trust website, is an oil sketch of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother made in 1973 by Michael Noakes.
The piece was made as a study for a painting to commemorate The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Wedding Anniversary in 1972.
On the painting, The Queen Mother is shown wearing Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Brooch.
Other pieces to be shared with the public is a double portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry made by Nicky Philipps. Philipps was tasked by the National Portrait Gallery to paint the first-ever official double portrait of the two princes in 2009.
For the first time, the people would be able to lay eyes on the two preparatory oil sketches from Prince Charles’ collection. Prince Harry and Prince William can be seen on the portraits wearing the dress uniform of the Household Cavalry.
Usually, the portraits are hung at Highgrove, which is the private residence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
A never-before-seen pencil sketch of the Duke of Edinburgh by Bryan Organ made in 1983 will also be featured at the exhibit.
Prince Charles has always been passionate about art. He is the Chairman of The Royal Collection Trust and is also known to have been a longtime patron of some art charities. For so long, he has been a promoter of the arts.
The Prince & Patron special exhibition will be part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace and will start on July 21st and will last until July 30th.