‘Prince Philip: A Celebration’ at Windsor Castle

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The Royal Collection’s ‘Prince Philip: A Celebration’ Exhibition opens today at Windsor Castle, commemorating the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort.

Themes explored in Prince Philip: A Celebration will include The Prince’s early life and naval career, his role as consort and his support for the sovereign at home and abroad. The displays will also focus on His Royal Highness’s wide-ranging patronages and associations, including sport, science and industry, conservation and the environment, art and collecting, and encouraging younger generations. A special focus at Windsor Castle will be on Prince Philip’s role in the Coronation of 1953. On public display for the first time is a portrait of Prince Philip painted by Ralph Heimans in 2017, the year of His Royal Highness’s retirement from public engagements. The painting, which measures more than 2m wide and 1.6m high, shows His Royal Highness standing in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle. At the end of the Grand Corridor is the Tapestry Room where Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, and maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria, were born.

The exhibition runs from Thursday, 24 Jun 2021 – Monday, 20 Sep 2021. A companion exhibition will run at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from 23 July.

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2 thoughts on “‘Prince Philip: A Celebration’ at Windsor Castle

  1. Gosh, that looks like a wonderful exhibit! I wish I could attend. The portrait by Ralph Heimans is magnificent. I think it perfectly captures Prince Philip in his retirement year. I don’t think there are many modern portraits as evocative as this one. He’s looking straight at us, wearing the Danish Order of the Elephant, standing in the hall that led to his mother’s birthplace, as if to tell us: my journey is complete. I don’t know who picked the background or the pose, but the combination is very poignant. I love that painting!

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