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To mark the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales this year, the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace will include a special display of over 100 works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness.

Titled Prince and Patron, the exhibition will run within the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in London throughout the Summer Opening, from 21st July to 30th September.

Having grown up surrounded by the Royal Collection, The Prince of Wales is said to have enjoyed a life-long passion for art and, as Chairman of The Royal Collection Trust and Patron of several arts charities, has promoted the creation and understanding of art worldwide.

See the Prince’s favourites

A selection of  Prince Charles’ favourite works of art from the Royal Collection will be shown alongside works created by young artists supported by three of His Royal Highness's charities (The Royal Drawing School, The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts and Turquoise Mountain).

Among the works selected by His Royal Highness from the Royal Collection is Johan Joseph Zoffany's painting The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-77, showing connoisseurs and Grand Tourists admiring the Grand Duke of Tuscany's collection in the Uffizi, Florence.

A selection of works from the Prince’s personal collection will also feature in the display, including the oil sketch HM The Queen, 1972–73, by Michael Noakes. Purchased by The Prince of Wales in 1973, it usually hangs in the Morning Room of Clarence House.

In a message for visitors to Buckingham Palace, The Prince said: “I have always been captivated by the astonishing range of fascinating things in the Royal Collection that have been collected or commissioned by my ancestors over the generations.

“This is what, for me, makes the Royal Collection so special, representing, as it does, the unique craftsmanship and skill of the people who made them.”

Group visits to the Palace

Group travel organisers can take advantage of discounts for bookings of 15 or more people when planning a visit to the Palace.

Plus, during the Summer Opening dates, special guided tours for groups are available of the State Rooms and gardens (maximum 26 people per tour).

For further information and to make a booking visit

Pictured: The setting up of Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace. Credit Royal Collection Trust and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018.