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Now that England is out of lockdown, the royal family is taking the opportunity to allow the public to pay tribute to Prince Philip, who passed away in April. The Royal Collection Trust, which manages the British royal family's private art collection, announced that special displays will be exhibited this summer at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, commemorating the Duke of Edinburgh's life.
Prince Philip: A Celebration will showcase 150 objects from throughout the Duke's life across both locations. One of the most notable sections of the Windsor Castle display will be dedicated to Queen Elizabeth's 1953 coronation. The regal red and white coronation robe and coronet worn by Prince Philip during the service will both be on display, alongside his chair of state, emblazoned with a large "P," which is normally located exclusively in Buckingham Palace Throne Room.
Also on display will be items from the royal archives, including the invitation, order of service, and wedding breakfast menu from Prince Philip's wedding to Queen Elizabeth. These items will be set up at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in a display which will also explore the Duke's relationship with Scotland.
The exhibits contain many items gifted to Prince Philip throughout his tenure as a working royal on a variety of overseas trips. Notably, visitors will find a giant grasshopper-shaped wine cooler given to Prince Philip by French President Pompidou in 1972 and a First Nations feather headdress, with HRH stitched across the front, presented to Prince Philip by Jim Shot Both Sides, Head Chief of the Blood Reserve during a 1973 visit to Canada.
The exhibits open at Windsor Castle on June 24 and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on July 23. Find more information here.
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