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Sir Hugh Casson (1910–1999)

The architect Sir Hugh Casson was President of the Royal Academy from 1976 to 1984. He became a close friend of several members of the Royal Family and over the years undertook a number of architectural projects for HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. He was well known for his small and witty drawings of buildings and figures, many of which he presented to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. His watercolours of her London home, Clarence House, and his interior view of the Saloon at Royal Lodge, were both 90th birthday presents. Queen Elizabeth was a regular worshipper at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, the parish church of those who live or work in Windsor Great Park. This view was commissioned by the congregation in 1990 as a birthday gift.