New portrait of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
A new portrait of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, painted in the year of his retirement from public engagements, has been released today.
The portrait, by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans, has been produced for display at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The Museum is holding a retrospective exhibition of Mr Heimans’ work in 2018, part of which aims to explore the historical and cultural connections between the Royal Families of Great Britain and Denmark.
Born a Prince of Denmark, His Royal Highness’ ancestry spans both the British and the Danish Royal Families. Prince Philip is connected to Denmark through his Grandfather, George I (of Greece) who was originally a Danish Prince born in Copenhagen. His Great Grandfather, Christian IX, was King of Denmark from 1863 to 1906.
Set in The Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle, The Duke of Edinburgh is depicted wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark’s highest-ranking honour.
Windsor Castle holds special significance in regard to The Duke of Edinburgh’s ancestry. At the end of the Grand Corridor is the Tapestry Room where His Royal Highness’ mother, Princess Alice, and maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria were born. Their Royal Highnesses both of whom also appear in the painting that hangs on the right side of the Grand Corridor, in the company of Queen Victoria.
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