Prince Charles will be celebrating his 70th birthday with the release of private family portraits. They will be included in a palace exhibit this summer.
Well, these portraits are selected from Prince Charles’ private collection.
The poignant sketches which have never been seen before were created during the formal portrait process. These are preparatory oil sketches of the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.
These sketches were created by Nicky Philipps as she painted Charles’ sons for their first official portrait together in the year 2009.
All about the portraits.
These oil paintings usually hang on the walls of Highgrove, the private residence of Prince Charles the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. And now, they will go on public display for the first time during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace in an exhibit called ‘Prince & Patron’.
Not only this, Prince Charles will also display an oil sketch of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. That portrait was created by Michael Noakes. It was prepared to mark the silver wedding anniversary of the Queen and Philip.
There is even a special message by Prince Philip.
In a specially recorded message for visitors to the palace, the Prince of Wales says: “I acquired it from the artist as I felt it brilliantly captured her likeness. And, above all, it reminds me of the essence of her great personality. I admire it often when at Clarence House”.
Prince Charles has also revealed a special pencil sketch study by Bryan Organ of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh. The final painting hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.
This year the theme is quite different.
This year’s summer opening of Buckingham Palace is themed around Prince Charles’ upcoming 70th birthday in November.
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And, it brings together over 100 works of art selected by him from the Royal Collection and his own collection. This year’s theme will truly be self-celebratory.