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Prince & Patron at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Release date: Friday, 20 July 2018

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall view the Prince and Patron exhibition ©

This summer visitors to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will see a special display of over 100 works of art personally selected by The Prince of Wales to mark His Royal Highness's 70th birthday year. The exhibition Prince & Patron opens at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace tomorrow and presents a rich display of paintings, decorative arts, works on paper, furniture and textiles from the Royal Collection and the work of artists supported by three of The Prince's charities – The Royal Drawing School, The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts and Turquoise Mountain.

The Prince of Wales has enjoyed a life-long passion for art and, as Chairman of The Royal Collection Trust and Patron of several arts charities, has promoted the creation and understanding of art worldwide.  In a message recorded for visitors to Buckingham Palace, The Prince says, ‘These charities have achieved more than I could ever have hoped, often in ways that I would never have expected. I am delighted that they now have an opportunity to show their work in Buckingham Palace and together with some of my favourites from the Royal Collection.’

The Prince's selection from the Royal Collection includes 16th-century portrait drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger that belonged to Henry VIII; Georges de la Tour's painting Saint Jerome, c.1621–23, acquired by Charles II; and a tiger's head in gold and rock crystal (1785–93) from the throne of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in India, presented to William IV.

Other highlights include two oil sketches of The Prince and The Duchess of Cornwall by Eileen Hogan from His Royal Highness's personal collection as well as three portraits of Yezidi women who escaped ISIS captivity by Hannah Rose Thomas, which were selected following His Royal Highness's visit to the final degree show of The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts in June 2018. 

At the centre of the exhibition is a striking 2.3-metre-high cedar wood pavilion created by classical carver Naseer Yasna (Mansouri) and the woodwork team at Turquoise Mountain.  The pavilion's intricate carvings draw on the rich heritage of Afghan design and demonstrate how the charity is reviving traditional skills in historic communities. 

Prince & Patron is part of a visit to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, 21 July – 30 September 2018.

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