A new exhibition will open at Windsor Castle this Summer in honour of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The exhibition has been planned for over a year and was originally intended to mark Prince Philip’s 100th birthday in June 2021, a milestone that sadly Philip did not reach, passing away two months before on 9th April.
‘Prince Philip: A Celebration’ will be open throughout the Summer at Windsor Castle and additionally at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The exhibition will celebrate Philip’s life through more than 120 objects conveying his extraordinary length of service and duty to The Queen.
The Royal Collection Trust have described the exhibition as “charting significant events and achievements in The Duke of Edinburgh’s life, including his early life and naval career, his role as consort, his support for the sovereign at home and abroad, and his wide-ranging patronages and associations.”
The exhibition will take place across two rooms at Windsor Castle – the Lantern Lobby and St George’s Hall – two spaces that were destroyed in the famous 1992 Windsor Castle fire and that Prince Philip played a hand in restoring as Chair of the Restoration Committee.
More unusual items being displayed include a wine cooler in the shape of a giant grasshopper – a gift from President Pompidou of France in 1972. The journal of Queen Victoria which records Prince Philip’s mothers birth is also on display. Princess Alice was born at Windsor Castle on 25th February 1885 during the reign of Victoria.
The exhibition will run at Windsor Castle until 20th September 2021 while the exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will run from 23rd July to 31st October 2021.