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The Duke of Edinburgh

New exhibition celebrating the life of Prince Philip opens at Windsor Castle

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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A new exhibition honouring Prince Philip’s life has opened at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip: A Celebration is now open at Windsor, including pieces representing different periods in his life and his roles across the Commonwealth. 

The Royal Collection Trust has selected a number of different pieces to highlight the Duke of Edinburgh’s life and legacy, in particular his associations with Windsor. The exhibition was originally planned to celebrate his 100th birthday but instead celebrates his life after his passing in April 2021. 

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It is broken down into nine sections: Early life, The Coronation, Consort, Patron of design, Relationship with Windsor, Windsor Castle Fire, Solo engagements, International visits, and Support for future generations. 

The Windsor Castle exhibition includes the Duke’s 1953 coronation robes and coronet, marking his role as the longest-serving consort in British history. It draws on pieces held in the Royal Collection Trust, as well as private pieces that the Duke collected over the years. It includes gifts from state visits, such as a First Nations headdress gifted to him on a 1973 tour to Canada and personal items, such as his own personal writing desk. 

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The exhibition itself is staged in the Lantern Lobby at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, which has a poignant connection to the Duke. After the 1992 fire at Windsor Castle, Prince Philip played a large role in restoring the Lobby and the Hall. 

Prince Philip: A Celebration will be running at Windsor Castle from Thursday, 24 June to Monday, 30 September.  A companion exhibition will be opening at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on 23rd July 2021 and will run through Sunday 31 October. Tickets to both exhibitions can be purchased through the Royal Collection Trust and must be purchased ahead of time. 

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