Prince Philip Looks Dapper at 96 in New Royal Portrait
News flash: Prince Philip is seriously handsome at 96.
While the long-reigning royal stepped down after 70 years of public service as Queen Elizabeth’s consort this year, the Prince proves he’s still got it in a detailed new portrait commissioned by the Museum of National History at Denmark’s Frederiksborg Castle.
Aiming to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh’s Dutch heritage, the painting—which was crafted by artist Ralph Heimans—shows the born Prince of Denmark standing pensively with his arms crossed behind his back in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle.
While Windsor Castle itself is located in England, the artist, who was also responsible for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee painting, aims to illustrate the historical and cultural ties between the British and Dutch royal families with a few key details.
The 96-year-old sports a light blue sash, signaling the Order of the Elephant, which is Denmark’s most distinguished honor, in addition to his traditional royal attire.
The artist gives further nods to Philip’s country of origin by highlighting white marble busts that depict his mother, Princess Alice, and grandmother, Princess Victoria, who were both born in the adjoining Tapestry Room. A famous painting is also located on the right side of the Grand Corridor, displaying Queen Victoria surrounded by the two princesses.
Further hints at the families’s past connections are shown with the lavish Royal Copenhagen porcelain dinner service, which was originally gifted to Princess Alexandra of Denmark from Prince Albert of Wales, and more pieces that represent Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip's marriage in 1947.
The royal portrait will be available for public viewing in both Great Britain and Denmark next year, with the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle featuring Heimans’s work before the piece goes on display in the U.K.