After the interest in our A-Z of the monarchy series, this new series takes a look at one Royal fact in detail every week, allowing readers to boost their Royal knowledge one fact at a time. Let’s take a look at what the first instalment has to offer…
Pablo Picasso isn’t the only talented one with a paint brush! Prince Charles and The Duke of Edinburgh both have shown an interest and flair for art.
Prince Charles’s love for painting began after being inspired by his art master, Robert Waddell, at Gordonstoun in Scotland. His work was first made public in 1977 at an exhibition at Windsor Castle. The exhibition also had work by Queen Victoria, The Duke of York and his father, Prince Philip.
Opting for watercolour, Prince Charles tends to finish his paintings in one sitting and in open air, capturing the natural beauty of his surroundings. Balmoral, Highgrove and Sandringham are often the locations where he paints, but overseas or ski trips have also inspired many pieces of art.
Although his paintings are never sold, the proceeds of lithographs and any money made from exhibitions are donated to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
Unlike his son, Prince Philip uses oil based paint. Although he regularly paints landscapes, he sometimes changes course and paints The Queen instead. One of the most famous paintings depicts Her Majesty reading at the breakfast table, giving a rare insight into her private life.
Members of the Royal Family have always shown an artistic side, with Prince Philip and Prince Charles showing no exception!