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Stunning new portrait of Prince Philip released to mark his retirement year

A new portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh has been released to mark his retirement from public duties.

The portrait is by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans (PA)

The portrait was painted by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans and was commissioned to mark the 96-year-old’s retirement from public engagements earlier this year.

The stunning image will be displayed at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The piece will form part of a collection which aims to explore the historical and cultural connections between the Royal Families of Great Britain and Denmark.

His Royal Highness was born a Prince of Denmark, and his ancestry spans from both the British and the Danish Royal Families.

Prince Philip is connected to Denmark through his Grandfather, George I (of Greece) who was originally a Danish Prince born in Copenhagen. His Great Grandfather, Christian IX, was King of Denmark from 1863 to 1906.

In the portrait, the Duke is depicted in The Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark’s highest-ranking honour.

Ralph Heimans has painted many portraits in his career which spans three decades, most notably an official portrait of Her Majesty The Queen upon the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.

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