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Twelve portraits of D-Day veterans go on display in Perth

Release date: Monday, 6 June 2016

Portrait of Tom Renouf by Clara Drummond

Portrait of Tom Renouf by Clara Drummond Watch © Clara Drummond Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust

Twelve portraits of D-Day veterans, commissioned by HRH The Duke of Rothesay, have gone on display at The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth.  The exhibition, The Last of the Tide, pays tribute to the extraordinary men that played a role in the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.  

The largest amphibious invasion in history, the D-Day landings involved some 7,700 ships and 12,000 aircraft and led to the liberation of German-occupied France.  On the eve of D-Day General Eisenhower sent a message to all troops in which he declared, 'The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!'.

The 12 veterans all served in regiments with which TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have a formal association.  The portraits have been created by 12 different artists, among them Jonathan Yeo, and first prize winners of the BP Portrait Award, Catherine Goodman, James Lloyd, Ishbel Myerscough and Stuart Pearson Wright. 

HRH The Duke of Rothesay wrote in the accompanying catalogue, 'I am delighted to introduce this exhibition of portraits of veterans of the D-Day landings and very much hope that all who see it will share my belief that this wonderful collection of paintings captures the spirit, resolve, warmth and humanity of these remarkable men. It seemed to me a tragedy that there were no portraits of D-Day veterans, hence this collection of remarkable old soldiers from the regiments of which my wife and I are Colonel or Colonel-in-Chief.'

The Last of the Tide was previously on display as part of a visit to The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.