What to book: ‘Prince and Patron’ at Buckingham Palace

The exhibition will showcase more than 100 artworks chosen by The Prince of Wales

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

More than 100 artworks selected personally by The Prince of Wales will go on show as part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in honour of His Royal Highness’s 70th birthday.

The exhibition, ‘Prince and Patron’, will present some of the Prince’s favourite pieces from the Royal Collection alongside original creations by young artists who have received support from The Royal Drawing School, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and Turquoise Mountains. All three charitable organisations were founded by the Prince to promote education in lesser-known artistic disciplines.

An oil sketch of Her Majesty The Queen, 1972–3, by Michael Noakes. Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018 

Highlights from the Royal Collection include Napoleon Bonaparte’s silk-embroidered cloak, chosen for its fascinating history, and Johan Joseph Zoffany’s painting The Tribuna of the Uffizi. These are complemented by pieces from the Prince’s personal collection of art, notably an oil sketch of the Queen by Michael Noakes that is usually found in the Morning Room of Clarence House. 

Handmade patterned tiles by Ghulam Hyder Daudpota, a former student at The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018 

Among the contributions by young artists are watercolours and ink drawings by graduates of The Royal Drawing School, patterned clay tiles and Moroccan-inspired, gilded paintings by former students at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and an impressive walnut-wood dome created by a beneficiary of the Turquoise Mountain project, which aims to restore traditional crafts in communities across Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Middle East.

A geodesic dome carved from walnut wood by Naseer Yasna (Mansouri). Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018 

‘Prince and Patron’ is part of a visit to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, open from 21 July to 30 September. Visit the Royal Collection website for tickets and more information. 

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