Ever wonder what royalty do in their spare time? While Queen Elizabeth II was an avid horse breeder, her eldest son King Charles III is an artist.
Under the influence of art teacher Robert Waddell at Gordonstoun—a Scottish boarding school that was also his father Prince Philip’s alma mater, which was also attended by rock star David Bowie’s son and James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery’s son—King Charles III’s passion for visual art began when he was young.
The 73-year-old king has been painting for nearly 50 years and was taught by some of the most famous British artists, including Edward Seago and John Napper. Here are five of his paintings that reflect some of his most memorable moments in life, including one of his visit to Hong Kong.
1. A watercolor of Castle Mey
Family homes are one of His Majesty’s most common subjects in his earlier years as a painter. This one shows Castle Mey on the north coast of Scotland, which used to be the home of his Queen Mother.
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