The Sunday Post (Newcastle)

Commission­ed to mark his retirement from public engagement­s in 2017, Australian artist Ralph Heimans’ portrait of Prince Philip features significan­t details from his life, including references to his Danish ancestry.


Set within the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle, the oil on canvas artwork shows the Duke of Edinburgh, then 96, wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, the highest honour a Dane can receive, nodding to his grandfathe­r, George I of Greece, who was born in Copenhagen.

Within the background of the painting is the Tapestry Room, where Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, and grandmothe­r, Princess Victoria, were both born, while a white marble bust of Alice also features along the left-hand-side.

Another nod to Denmark is provided by the inclusion of the portrait, The Family of Queen Victoria in 1887, on the right, painted by Danish artist Laurits Tuxen.

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