Ralph Heimans' portrait of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is unveiled at Buckingham Palace.

Jan 4, 2018 5:34PM

Buckingham Palace has unveiled 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.

HRH The Duke of Edinbugh, by Ralph Heimans, 2017 /© Ralph Heimans 2017

Dellasposa is pleased to announce Ralph Heimans’ portrait of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has been unveiled at Buckingham Palace.  

The portrait has been produced for display at the Museum of Natural History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The Museum is holding a retrospective exhibition of Ralph Heimans work in 2018.    

The exhibition will explore the historical connections between the Royal Families of Great Britain and Denmark.    

Painted in the year marking his retirement from public engagements, this is a significant portrait of Prince Philip with deep personal resonance.  The faint, almost serene, smile encapsulates the ‘unique character’ of the Duke of Edinburgh, whilst the narrowing of the Grande Corridor cannot help reminisce the passage of time.    "I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to paint Prince Philip and hope the portrait does justice to his unique character," Heimans has stated.    

In honour of his ancestry, Prince Philip is positioned in front of a portrait of Queen Victoria and her family, whilst in the background on can see a white marble bust of Phillip’s mother, Princess Alice.    

Windsor Castle holds special significance in regard to The Duke of Edinburgh's ancestry. At the end of the Grand Corridor is the Tapestry Room where His Royal Highness' mother, Princess Alice, and maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria were born.    

“Aesthetically, the natural light and heritage backdrop of the grand corridor at Windsor Castle provided a compelling mood," Heimans said of the setting.

Prince Philip, seen here wearing blue sash of the Order of the Elephant, the highest ranking honour in Denmark, gestures to his Danish ancestry. He was born Prince of Denmark, while his great grandfather was King Christian IX of Denmark.