The Prince of Wales is to lend some of his cherished family portraits to a special exhibition marking his 70th birthday, including some never-before-seen sketches from his personal art collection.
Over 100 works of art will go on display at the Prince & Patron show at Buckingham Palace this summer. The hand-picked selection features portraits of his sons, William and, which will go on public view for the first time.
The two oil sketches, painted by Nicky Philipps in 2009, depict the brothers wearing their Blues and Royals Household Cavalry regimental uniform and usually hang in Highgrove, Charles’ private residence in Gloucestershire.
A never-before-seen pencil sketch of the Duke of Edinburgh will also be shown at the Palace. The final version, completed by Bryan Organ in 1983, currently hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.
A 1973 oil sketch by Michael Noakes of the Queen Mother is another personal image chosen by Charles. It was painted to mark the silver wedding anniversary of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1972 and shows the Queen Mother wearing Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee brooch.
“I acquired it from the artist as I felt it brilliantly captured her likeness and, above all, reminds me of the essence of her personality,” Charles says in a recorded message for visitors to the exhibition. “I admire it often when in residence at Clarence House.”
The exhibition will be open from Saturday, 21 July to Sunday, 30 September as part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. The annual event allows visitors to see 19 State Rooms, which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining, along with a walk through the stunning Palace garden.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK