Ralph Heimans has once again captured the essence of a member of the Royal Family. His latest portrait is Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, standing in the grand corridor of Windsor Castle. Philip stands slightly hunched, betraying his 96 years, yet we know his true feisty character still remains.
In a nod to Philip’s roots, two things should be noted: the corridor in which he stands leads to the Tapestry Room where his mother, Princess Alice, was born. The late princess was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Second, the Danish Order of the Elephant that Philip wears is an honor bestowed on him by the late King Frederick IX of Denmark in 1947. He is Danish on his father’s side – Prince Andrew was a prince of Greece and Denmark, son of King George I of Greece and a grandson of Christian IX of Denmark.
Ralph Heimans is known for his portrait of Her Majesty in honor of her Diamond Jubilee. Called “The Coronation Theatre”, the Queen is dressed in her coronation robe and stands in Westminster Abbey’s sacrarium. A warm light shines on her as she seems to silently ponder her many decades on the throne.