Arts and Culture

HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday: Art, Culture, Heritage

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Digital innovation has not only introduced new forms of art but is also a critical means to preserving society’s art and heritage for future generations to explore and enjoy. Now through a new online project on Google Arts & Culture, people all over the world can explore heritage, art, craftsmanship and architecture through the work of The Prince of Wales and the charities he supports.

On the occasion of The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday on November 14th, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with Clarence House and ten charities connected to The Prince to unveil a new online initiative that documents The Prince’s extraordinary life and support for art and cultural heritage in Britain and around the world. With input and insights from The Royal Collection Trust, The Prince’s Foundation, Turquoise Mountain Trust and The Royal Drawing School among others, The Charities of The Prince of Wales provides unique and exclusive access to many of the curators, custodians and artists associated with The Prince of Wales.

Delving into the site, people all over the world can walk the halls of Clarence House in Street View imagery for the very first time, stroll the gardens of Highgrove (The Prince’s private residence) in 360 degrees, study hundreds of historical artworks belonging to The Royal Collection  and discover  Dumfries House, The Estate saved for the nation by The Prince of Wales. The tour of Dumfries House includes views of its priceless collection of Chippendale furniture and personal insights from the on-site curators. To allow access to people from around the world, there is also now a Clarence House Google Expedition designed especially for schoolchildren who can use Google’s Virtual Reality storytelling tool to walk through the explore Clarence House in detail.

Collaboration with The Princes’ Charities has also allowed Google Arts & Culture to share unique access to much of The Prince’s  own art collection and that of The Royal Collection Trust, handpicked for digitisation for this project. Over 40 artworks now can be seen in gigapixel resolution, including three of The Prince’s own watercolours, a portrait Queen Elizabeth II as a young girl (Philip de László), and eight masterpieces documenting Windsor Castle, by the British artist John Piper. In addition, the Royal Drawing School and School of Traditional Arts also come online to share a more contemporary set of artists’ stories and collections for visitors to explore.

Now, anyone anywhere can also enjoy a rarely seen family photo album including photographs of Prince Charles as a young boy with Queen Elizabeth, relaxed family photographs with his own grandchildren and children, and even one of a very young Princess Anne and Prince Charles meeting David Attenborough in the 1950s.

The Prince of Wales’ passion for heritage preservation is well known. Google Arts & Culture will also feature a new exhibit that offers a deep dive into the history of Afghan heritage through the lens of one of —The Turquoise Mountain Trust founded by The Prince. The exhibit explores the engaging stories of local Afghan culture, via new interactive 3D models of art, crafts and historical items, and virtual tours.

Learn more about The Charities of The Prince of Wales and the men and women around the world who work on projects in heritage, conservation, and the arts by exploring the exhibition on Google Arts & Culture and on our iOS and Android apps. For more information on The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit: https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/.