Prince Charles Is Giving You A Peek At His Private Family Photos In a New Exhibit
Prince Charles is putting his private life on display… literally. In a new exhibit in Buckingham Palace’s Ball Supper Room (don’t you have one of those in your house?) the Prince of Wales is showing the world an exhibit titled “Prince and Patron.” It features over 100 items belonging to Charles and the Royal Collection, ranging from photographs and paintings all the way to personal memorabilia and knickknacks, PEOPLE reports.
The most noteworthy item in the collection is a never-before-seen photograph of Charles holding his first born grandchild, Prince George, with his son Prince William standing by his side. The photo, which was likely taken in 2013, is a moving image that illustrates how far the family has come in the last few years, seeing as Prince George will celebrate his fifth birthday next week.
The #PrinceandPatron exhibition at the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening showcases a selection of The Prince’s favourite pieces in the Royal Collection alongside works created by young artists supported by three of His Royal Highness’s charities: @turquoisemountain @royaldrawingschool and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
Additional pieces in the collection include a photograph from Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, some of the best art held by the Royal Collection, and pieces involving the Prince’s favorite charities. There’s also a never-before-seen portrait of his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, by artist Eileen Hogan. That piece sits next to a portrait of Charles done by Hogan two years ago at Birkhall, Scotland.
“It is intended to give a flavor of the Prince of Wales’s owning residences and reflect his personal involvement,” Vanessa Remington, senior curator of paintings at the Royal Collection, told PEOPLE. “He has grown up as a passionate art lover. The display aims to show the public the prince’s long-standing passion for art and the way this has been channeled into the creation and understanding of art charities.”
One of the most unique items on display is a seven-foot-high cedar wood pavilion dome, which was created by carver Naseer Yasna. The piece is from the Turquoise Mountain, a charity founded by Charles to benefit the working people of Kabul, Afghanistan. There’s also a cloak once worn by Napoleon in 1815 when he fled after the Battle of Waterloo.
19 state rooms are available for viewing as part of the tour, which is open from July 21 until September 30.