New portrait painting of Prince Philip highlights links with Denmark

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 11, 2017

Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth's husband announced his retirement from active public life.

Wearing a menacingly friendly smile and the blue sash of the order of the elephant, Denmark's highest-ranking honour, the Duke of Edinburgh stands in the grand corridor of Windsor Castle in a new portrait unveiled on Monday.

"I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to paint Prince Philip and hope the portrait does justice to his unique character", he said about the painting.

The Sydney-born artist's other notable works include private portraits of Princess Sophie and Prince Edward and a portrait of renowned conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. His great grandfather, Christian IX, was king of Denmark from 1863 to 1906.

Ralph Heimans  Buckingham Palace via Getty
Ralph Heimans Buckingham Palace via Getty

"Aesthetically, the natural light and heritage backdrop of the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle provided a compelling mood".

The Museum is holding a retrospective exhibition of Heimans' work in 2018, part of which aims to explore the historical and cultural connections between the royal families of Britain and Denmark, the palace said in a statement.

The portrait will also go on display in the United Kingdom next year.

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