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Prince Philip Pays Homage to His Mother and His Danish Royal Ancestry in a New Portrait

The prince looks handsome as ever in the painting, which marks his retirement from public engagements.
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At 96-years-old, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh looks dashing in a new portrait commissioned to mark the royal's retirement from public engagements.

The painting, which will be on display at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark in 2018, was done by Australian artist Ralph Heimans earlier this year. The canvas features Philip wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, which the royal family's Twitter account describes as "Denmark's highest-ranking honour."

Of the setting of the portrait, the Twitter account revealed, "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. 

"I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to paint Prince Philip and hope the portrait does justice to his unique character," he said.

According to People, the painting also features white marble busts of Princess Alice and Princess Victoria, and the porcelain dinner service Philip and Elizabeth received as a wedding gift from the King and Queen of Denmark in 1947.

Next year, the Museum of National History is holding a retrospective of Heimans' work, and a portion of that exhibition will explore the "historical connections between the Royal Families of Great Britain & Denmark."

Prince Philip is closely related to the royal family of Denmark. In fact, he was born a Prince of Denmark but gave up the title when he married into the British royal family. His grandfather, George I of Greece was a Danish Prince, and his great-grandfather, Christian IX, served as King of Denmark from 1863 to 1906.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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