As Buckingham Palace prepares to open to visitors for the summer, one of the highlights of a visit is sure to be the exhibition "", which has been put on in honour of Prince Charles' 70th birthday. The prince has personally picked over 100 objects from both his personal collection and that of the Crown. The exhibition will highlight the Prince's role in commissioning and supporting art and artists, as well as his own taste and interests.
Objects that are particularly sure to draw the public's attention are two oil sketches of Charles' sons Prince William and Prince Harry, done in preparation for the 2009 official portrait of the brothers for the by Nicky Philipps. These have been in the private collection at Highgrove, Prince Charles' private residence, for the last ten years. The exhibition will also include a 1973 portrait of the Queen Mother by Michael Noakes, as well a pencil sketch of Prince Philip from the 1980s.
As well as these reminders of the personal life of the prince, visitors will be able to see a cloak of Napoleon's that was found in his abandoned baggage after the battle of Waterloo and The Adoration of the Shepherds, a Renaissance painting by Jacopo Bassano. The exhibition space itself, in the palace’s Ball Supper Room, has been shaped into an octagon, inspired by one of the artworks on display, Johan Joseph Zoffany’s painting, The Tribuna of the Uffizi, commissioned by Queen Charlotte in 1772, in which visitors to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence admire some of its most famous works of art.
The royal collection curator Vanessa Remington emphasised Prince Charles' patronage of young artists through his three art charities – the Royal Drawing School, the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts and the Afghanistan-based , which trains and supports traditional builders and artisans.
will be on display at Buckingham Palace from Saturday, 21 July - Sunday, 30 September.