Mementos of Prince Philip's life go on display at Windsor Castle

Mementos of Prince Philip’s extraordinary life: Duke of Edinburgh’s personalised cowboy boots go on display alongside his Coronation robe at a Windsor Castle exhibition celebrating his legacy

  • Prince Philip – the nation’s longest serving consort – died aged 99 on April 9 at Windsor Castle  
  • Photographs have offered a glimpse into special items set to go on display in a huge exhibition later today 
  •  Prince Philip: A Celebration at Windsor had been planned as part of the Duke’s 100th birthday celebrations 
  • Items on display include the Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by the duke during the Coronation in 1953

The life and legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh is being celebrated at a special display which opens its doors at Windsor Castle today. 

Photographs taken of the Prince Philip: A Celebration at Windsor reveal the Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by the duke during the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, as well as his Chair of Estate which is usually located in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. 

Prince Philip – the nation’s longest serving consort who died aged 99 on April 9 – was set to have marked his 100th birthday earlier this month and curator Sally Goodsir said the exhibition was planned as part of the celebrations.

‘But following his death in April, we have delayed its opening just by a couple of weeks and are still holding it,’ she said. Philip was aware of the exhibition and its contents, Sally said.  

The life and legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrated at special displays at Windsor Castle this summer. Pictured, the Coronation robe worn by the Duke of Edinburgh at Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953

Prince Philip – the nation’s longest serving consort who died aged 99 on April 9 – was set to have marked his 100th birthday earlier this month


Some of the gifts presented to the duke during state visits, overseas tours and official engagements will be on public view – including a First Nations feather headdress he was given in Canada in 1973 – embroidered with HRH (pictured left). Pictured right, Royal Collection Trust creator Sally Goodsir holds a pair of Cowboy boots, with ‘Prince Philip’ inscribed in gold

Royal Collection Trust creator Sally Goodsir makes adjustments to the display during a preview for Prince Philip: A Celebration at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, commemorating the life and work of the Duke of Edinburgh

Among the highlights of the display are the coronation robes and coronet worn by Philip to the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth, and his chair of estate which normally stands beside the queen’s at Buckingham Palace and is displayed at Windsor Castle for the first time.

Going on public display for the first time is a portrait of the prince painted in 2017, the year of his retirement. 

The painting by Ralph Heimans features Philip wearing the blue and red Windsor uniform, standing in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle.

The items include deeply personal mementos, including Queen Victoria’s journal recording the birth of Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, at Windsor Castle in 1885. 

A member of staff from the Royal Collection Trust looks at George A Weymouth’s portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh standing in the shell of St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle after the fire of 1992 


Pictured left: the Duke of Edinburgh’s coronation coronet, worn during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in June 1953, and right: The Chair of Estate, made for the Duke of Edinburgh after Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation to accompany her Chair of Estate in the throne room at Buckingham Palace

Other pieces are more eccentric – a human-sized grasshopper wine cooler presented by former French President Georges Pompidou during his visit to the UK in 1972

The items include deeply personal mementos, including Queen Victoria’s journal recording the birth of Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, at Windsor Castle in 1885

Other pieces are more eccentric – a human-sized grasshopper wine cooler presented by former French President Georges Pompidou during his visit to the UK in 1972. 

Other items include: a Faberge frame with photographs of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth that was a wedding gift and a chess set presented by Nelson Mandela during his 1996 visit to the UK.

Meanwhile a pair of cowboy boots with the words Prince and Philip inscribed in gold, gifted to the prince during a visit to Houston, Texas, in 1991, will also go on display.  


A pair of cowboy boots with the words Prince and Philip inscribed in gold, gifted to the prince during a visit to Houston, Texas, in 1991, will also go on display (left). A curator adjusts the pieces (right)

Prince Philip – the nation’s longest serving consort who died aged 99 on April 9 – was set to have marked his 100th birthday earlier this month and curator Sally Goodsir said the exhibition was planned as part of the celebrations

Going on public display for the first time is a portrait of the prince painted in 2017, the year of his retirement (pictured)  

The painting by Ralph Heimans features Philip wearing the blue and red Windsor uniform, standing in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle

Above the boots, the exhibit displays a First Nations feather headdress, a 1973 gift from the Head Chief of the Blood Reserve, Jim Shot Both Sides. 

Also on show are the remains of Windsor Castle’s St George’s Hall clock and a fragment of a burnt beam, salvaged by Philip from the debris following a fire that swept through the castle in 1992.

‘I think without people being able to gather for the funeral, as they might ordinarily have done, I hope they might be able to come to the castle and learn a little bit more about him,’ said Goodsir. 

Prince Philip: A Celebration is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from June 24 until September 20 2021.

Tickets must be pre-booked via www.rct.uk or 0303 123 7300.

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