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HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b. 1921)

Prince Philip was born in Corfu, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, and a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. After school (chiefly in the UK), he trained in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Commander; his active naval career ended on the accession of The Queen in 1952. He was created Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, shortly before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth (HM The Queen).

Prince Philip has formed an important collection of contemporary art, notably by British and Commonwealth artists. With The Queen, he purchased a notable selection of works by contemporary artists in 1960, to decorate a private suite of rooms at Windsor Castle. Barbara Hepworth, Mary Fedden, Sidney Nolan and Ivon Hitchens are among those represented in the collection, along with ceramics by the Austrian-born Lucie Rie (RCIN 35060).

Many works of art from around the world have been presented to the Queen and Prince Philip on their state visits and travels (RCIN 95746), and so entered the Royal Collection in this way. A keen amateur artist himself, Prince Philip has also made record of landscapes seen on his worldwide travels. He is also an interested photographer.

In addition to his patronage of British artists, Prince Philip has taken an active interest in the conservation and display of the royal collection. He was the initiator of the original Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, opened in 1962 and he chaired the committee for the restoration of Windsor Castle after the 1992 fire.

Consort of Queen Elizabeth II


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