A special display commemorating Prince Philip’s remarkable life and legacy will be on display at Windsor Castle from Thursday, 24 June, until Monday, 20 September 2021.
The display is located in St George’s Hall and the Lantern Lobby – which had been destroyed by fire in 1992.
Prince Philip, as Chair of the Restoration Committee, oversaw the restoration which took five years to complete.
A section of the display includes a large fragment of a burnt wooden beam that Prince Philip had was salvaged from the ruins.
More than 120 objects will feature in the display, Prince Philip: A Celebration, which marks significant events and achievements, right from his early life, his naval career, his role as consort supporting Her Majesty The Queen both at home and overseas.
Australian artist Ralph Heiman’s portrait of Prince Philip, painted in 2017, shows the Duke standing in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle, near the Tapestry Room where both his maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria, and his mother, Princess Alice were born.
Queen Victoria recorded Princess Alice’s birth in 1885 in her journal.
A highlight includes those items relating to Prince Philip’s role in Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953, including his Coronation Robe and Coronet.
A Chair of Estate, made for Prince Philip after the Coronation, placed next to Queen Elizabeth’s in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace can be also be seen.
Prince Philip commissioned expressionist artist Feliks Topolski to paint a scene from the Coronation and he also invited architect Sir Hugh Casson in 1956 to design his study in Buckingham Palace with contemporary furniture and modern technology including a television set, a tape deck, turntable and radio and automated curtains.
The Duke of Edinburgh also commissioned Maltese sculptor Vincent Apap to create a bronze bust of himself.
Archival material and historic photographs on display in the south quire in St George’s Chapel celebrates his faith and lengthy service to society, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s installation as a Knight of the Garter in 1948, his support of the chapel and the development of the St George’s House consultation centre in 1966.
Prince Philip’s funeral was also held at St George’s Chapel on Saturday, 17 April 2021.
The Duke also received many gifts during official engagements, overseas tours and State Visits as he supported Queen Elizabeth including a First Nations feather headdress during a visit to Canada in 1973, former French President Georges Pompidou presented a wine cooler shaped like a giant grasshopper in 1972 and a steering wheel from the Lotus 79, driven to victory by Mario Andretti during the 1978 Grand Prix, during a visit to Lotus Cars in 1979.
Windsor Castle is open five days a week, from Thursdays to Mondays, from 10 am until 4.00 pm from 1 March to 31 October 2021, and 10.00 am until 3.00 pm from 1 November to 28 February.
Visit www.rct.uk or phone +44 (0) 303 123 7300 for more information and tickets. Please note pre-booking is essential.
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