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Prince Philip’s secret passion decorated palace walls but he’d never talk about it

The late Duke of Edinburgh’s secret passion has been revealed to decorate the walls of the palace.

Princess Eugenie claims that Prince Philip’s creative side can be seen in his love of watercolour painting.

Princess Eugenie spoke about Prince Philip in a BBC documentary, Prince Philip: The royal Family Remembers.

Prince Philip and her shared a passion in art. However, it wasn’t until she was 16 when she realized his creative passion.

She said: “We would be walking down the corridors and I’d see paintings he’s done of Scotland or different places in Norfolk.

“They are beautiful.”



Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured painting with oil colours at an easel during filming of the television documentary 'Royal Family' in London in 1969. The documentary would be first broadcast to the nation's television viewers on 21st June 1969. (Photo by 1_Prince_Philip_Painting.jpg/Getty Images)
Prince Philip painting during filming of the television documentary ‘Royal Family’ in London in 1969

The only time Prince Philip shared his paintings with the public was through a book in 2010 called The Royal Portrait Image and Impact.

One of the paintings was taken from The Queen at Breakfast, Windsor Castle in 1965.

The Queen enjoys breakfast while reading a newspaper and listening to the radio.



Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II at breakfast, painted by the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s work, entitled The Queen at Breakfast, which was painted in 1965

As reported by Metro.co.uk, author Jennifer Scott, assistant curator of paintings at the Royal Collection, previously said: “I think generally people don’t know that the Duke of Edinburgh paints, it’s quite a private pursuit.

“I think it’s a really good painting, it’s a got a real quality to it – it seems such a private moment, the Queen sitting having her breakfast, she could be anybody.”



WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Philip’s creative talents were not just for painting but he also helped design part of the grounds of Windsor Castle

Princess Eugenie also revealed that her late grandfather’s creativity was not confined to the canvas but he helped design parts of the grounds of Windsor Castle.

She said: “I didn’t know that grandpa designed the garden and also the lotus flower in the middle of the fountain.

“He does have that creative gene in him, it’s just he doesn’t talk about it.”

Princess Eugenie was pleased to have been able to introduce her new baby boy, August, to the Duke before he passed away.

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August was born on April 9, four weeks before Prince Philip’s death.

She said: “We named August, August Philip because grandpa had been such a huge, inspiring character in my life.

“I brought little August to come and meet him and told him that we’d named him after him and it was such a lovely moment.

“It was an amazing thing that we were able to do this.

Prince Philip's secret passion decorated palace walls but he'd never talk about it
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