Prince Charles admires portrait of Prince Philip on visit to Edinburgh’s Royal College of Surgeons

Prince Charles admires a portrait of Prince Philip during a visit to Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh after following in his father’s footsteps to become patron

  • The Prince of Wales visited the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh today  
  • Prince Charles, 73, stopped to look at a portrait of his late father Prince Philip 
  • Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year, served as patron of College for 66 years 

The Prince of Wales admired a portrait of Prince Philip when visiting the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh today.

Prince Charles, 73, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, stopped to look at the artwork of his late father as he stepped out at the College in his new role as patron during Holyrood week.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year, served as patron of the College for 66 years, having first become patron in 1954. 

The portrait of Prince Philip was painted in 1958 by Sir Walter Oliphant Hutchison (1889-1970) depicting his first visit to the College, which proudly hangs alongside past College Presidents. 

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, views a portrait of his late father the Duke of Edinburgh, during a visit to Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons in his new role as patron

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, views a portrait of his late father the Duke of Edinburgh, during a visit to Edinburgh’s Royal College of Surgeons in his new role as patron

Prince Charles is presented with a commemorative bowl by Director of Heritage Chris Henry

Prince Charles is presented with a commemorative bowl by Director of Heritage Chris Henry

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) said it is a ‘privilege’ to welcome Charles as its new patron.

His father, who died last year, accepted an honorary fellowship from the RCSEd in 1955 and visited the college on several occasions including in 2006 to open the Quincentenary building, and in 2015 to open the newly renovated Surgeons’ Hall Museums and the Prince Philip Building.

Professor Michael Griffin, president of the RCSEd, said: ‘It is a privilege to welcome HRH The Duke of Rothesay as Patron of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

‘The Duke of Edinburgh played a very significant part in the College’s history during His Royal Highness’ 66 years as Patron, which we recognised in 2015 by constructing the Prince Philip Building.

Prince Charles views a new sculpture, with sculptor Kenny Hunter, dedicated to NHS workers who contributed during the pandemic

Prince Charles views a new sculpture, with sculptor Kenny Hunter, dedicated to NHS workers who contributed during the pandemic

The Prince of Wales with sculptor Kenny Hunter (left) and President Michael Griffin (right) views a new sculpture, dedicated to NHS workers

The Prince of Wales with sculptor Kenny Hunter (left) and President Michael Griffin (right) views a new sculpture, dedicated to NHS workers

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, with President Michael Griffin

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, with President Michael Griffin

‘The Duke’s engagement with Fellows and officers at the opening of the building was extraordinary, and throughout his patronage His Royal Highness took great interest in the surgical profession and its advancement of patient care.

‘We very much look forward to working with The Duke of Rothesay.’

Charles will be in Edinburgh this week along with other members of the royal family as part of Holyrood Week – also known as Royal Week – which takes place each summer.

The RCSEd is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a global membership of almost 30,000, including 15,000 members in the UK.

It promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce.

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