Special display at Palace of Holyroodhouse will commemorate life and legacy of Duke of Edinburgh

A special display to commemorate the life and legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh will open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse next month.

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A total of 150 objects will be on show in the display and a parallel exhibition at Windsor Castle, together branded as Prince Philip: A Celebration.

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Britain’s longest-serving consort died in April, just a few weeks short of his 100th birthday.

A silver model of HMY Britannia produced by Garrard & Co and presented to the Queen and Prince Philip by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in 1972

The display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will include a section charting Prince Philip’s early life and naval career. In The Prince’s Midshipman’s log book from 1940–1, he describes his role operating the ship’s searchlight during the Battle of Cape Matapan while stationed on the HMS Valiant off the coast of Greece.

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Another section will bring together items from his wedding to Princess Elizabeth in 1947, including the wedding invitation, order of service and wedding breakfast menu. On the occasion of their wedding, Prince Philip was granted the royal dukedom of Edinburgh and the display will look particularly at his connections to Scotland and its capital city.

The display will also include two of the original design sketches for the royal yacht Britannia’s sun lounge and dining room by architect Sir Hugh Casson, as well as a silver model of Britannia presented to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in 1972. The Duke took a keen interest and active role in both the technical aspects of Britannia, drawing on his own practical naval experience, and the interior design of the Royal Apartments.

Morning Light, Banffshire, 1979–84, by James Orr, purchased by the Queen and Prince Philip, 1984

Prince Philip was also a keen collector of contemporary Scottish art, acquiring a large number of works from the annual exhibitions of the Royal Scottish Academy between 1958 and 1996. Paintings from this collection, including works by Robin Philipson and James Orr, will be on display at the Palace, with many reflecting his interests in Scottish landscapes and wildlife.

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The display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse opens on July 23 and runs until October 31. The palace is open five days a week, Thursday to Monday, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Pre-booking is essential.

The Windsor display runs from June 24 until September 20.

Prince Philip’s Midshipman’s log book, 1940–1

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Designs for the sun lounge of the Royal Yacht Britannia by Sir Hugh Casson
Designs for the dining room of the Royal Yacht Britannia by Sir Hugh Casson