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The Royal Paintbox re-aired May 19, 2016.

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Aired: 2014-09-12 1:01 Rating: NR

HRH The Prince of Wales reveals an extraordinary treasure trove of rarely seen royal art.

About the Program

Premiered: September 12, 2014

In a story previously untold on film, HRH The Prince of Wales makes a journey through history to celebrate the artistic gene in his family and reveal an extraordinary treasure trove of work by royal hands past and present.

Set against the spectacular landscapes of the royal estates at Balmoral Castle, Birkhall, Highgrove House, Windsor Castle, Frogmore House and Osborne House, and containing insights into works by members of the royal family through the centuries and The Prince of Wales's own watercolors, Royal Paintbox explores a colorful palette of intimate family memory and observation.

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Prince Charles takes ys on a journey into his family archives to reveal works of art by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Mary Queen of Scots, King George III, Prince Louis of Battenberg, of whom it is said could have been a professional artist, as well as a line cut of a circus horse, engraved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a child.

HRH The Prince of Wales has also painted throughout his adult life, during holidays and when his official diary allows. Often painting in the open air, particularly on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland, he takes great pleasure in the challenges of observing, and then recording, involved in this particularly British art form. Royal Paintbox captures a rarely seen glimpse of his artistic process. 

Also featured in Royal Paintbox are interviews with Countess Mountbatten of Burma; professional artist Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret, speaking in her first interview on film; Royal Academy of Arts chief executive and secretary Charles Saumarez Smith; biographers Lady Antonia Fraser (author of Mary Queen of Scots), Jehanne Wake and Jane Ridley; royal tour artists Susannah Fiennes and Warwick Fuller; historian Marina Warner; and Jane Roberts, librarian at Royal Collection Trust. 


The Royal Paintbox was produced by Foxtrot Films Ltd.


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