Prince Philip shared special hobby with granddaughters Eugenie and Louise


PRINCE Philip shared a “creative gene” with two other members of the Royal Family, as both he and his two granddaughters enjoyed a mutual love of painting.

Princess Eugenie discovered that she and Prince Philip shared a mutual interest at the age of 16 (Image: Getty Images)

Princess Eugenie told the BBC: “We’re standing in Windsor Castle, in the Rose Garden and I didn’t know that Grandpa designed the garden, but also the lotus flower in the middle of the fountain.

“He has got that creative gene in him, it’s just he doesn’t talk about it.

“I love art, but I only worked out that Grandpa and I had that in common when I was about 16 because I would be sitting and painting and he would come and look at things.

“We’d 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 was fond of painting

Prince Philip was fond of painting the scenery around Balmoral Castle (Image: Getty Images)

Princess Eugenie has gone on to work within the art industry, and is currently a director at the Hauser & Wirth gallery.

She also revealed the sweet present Prince Philip gave her ahead of her marriage in October 2018, saying: “He painted me a painting of a bunch of flowers and gave it to me for my wedding and it was so nice. It’s now sitting in my house in London and I’m so proud of it.”

The Duke of Edinburgh was fond of painting scenery, and several of his paintings are show the moors surrounding the Balmoral Estate.

Speaking of his skills with a paintbrush, the Duchess of Cornwall added: “Some of his paintings, I thought were really good. He was a great naturalist, I think he learnt so much from painting, he was always out painting. He painted a lot with Ted Seago, who is a wonderful artist.”

Prince Philip preferred to paint in oils, and he invited the English artist Edward Seago to accompany him on a tour of the Antartic in 1956.

Several of their paintings, many of which are considered to be Seago’s finest, hang in the Royal Family’s private collection at Balmoral.

It was reported earlier this summer that Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Philip’s youngest granddaughter, was also a talented artist.

According to royal sources, the Queen had given her private access to the Royal Family’s art collection, which includes many drawings made by Queen Victoria.

Whilst staying at Balmoral in August, the young royal had reportedly helped look after Princess Charlotte by encouraging her to paint.

This was not the only common interest between Prince Philip and Lady Louise Windsor, as both shared a love for carriage driving.

After retiring from playing polo at the age of 50, the Duke of Edinburgh played an instrumental role in boosting the popularity of the sports and regularly participated in competitions.

Lady Louise has continued her grandfather’s legacy and was seen competing in Prince Philip’s carriage during the Windsor Horse Show in July.

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle at the age of 99 on April 9.


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