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Displays will commemorate the life and work of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Release date: Monday, 7 June 2021

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh ©

Special displays at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse this summer will commemorate the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort.
 
Opening at Windsor Castle on 24 June and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on 23 July, the two separate but closely linked displays will chart significant events and achievements in The Duke of Edinburgh’s life through a total of more than 150 objects.
 
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.
 
The Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ©

A highlight of the display at Windsor Castle will be a section devoted to Prince Philip’s role in The Queen’s Coronation of 1953. His Royal Highness chaired the Coronation Committee, one of two committees convened to plan the event, and played a key role in the decision to broadcast parts of the service live on television. The Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by Prince Philip during the service will be on display, alongside his Chair of Estate which is usually located in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.
 
Exploring similar themes to the Windsor display, the display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will include a section charting Prince Philip’s early life and naval career. In The Prince’s Midshipman’s log book from 1940–1, he describes his role operating the ship’s searchlight during the Battle of Cape Matapan while stationed on the HMS Valiant off the coast of Greece. Another section will bring together items from his wedding to HRH The Princess Elizabeth in 1947, including the wedding invitation, order of service and wedding breakfast menu. On the occasion of their wedding, Prince Philip was granted the royal dukedom of Edinburgh and the display will look particularly at his connections to Scotland and its capital city.
 
Prince Philip: A Celebration is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from 24 June until 20 September 2021, and part of a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse from 23 July until 31 October 2021.
Related exhibition
Prince Philip: A Celebration

Commemorating the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh