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Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait leaves Palace of Holyroodhouse for major Jacobites exhibition

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A painting of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) at the age of 19 is ready to be moved from the Palace of Holyroodhouse where it will form part of a Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this summer. Download your free guide to the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology.

The portrait, by Louis Gabriel Blanchet, shows Charles Edward Stuart at 19, in full princely regalia. It was painted in Rome in 1739. The Stuarts by this time had been in exile in Europe for over 50 years, first in France and then Rome, where Charles grew up.
 
 
By September 1745, the Prince was holding court at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where he stayed for around six weeks before marching south for London. 
 
The Blanchet portrait normally has pride of place in the Royal Dining Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It hangs alongside a painting of Charles’ younger brother, Henry Benedict Stuart, painted at the same time and by the same artist and which will also be loaned to the exhibition along with another dozen items from the Royal Collection.  
 
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, which opens on 23 June, will be the largest exhibition on the Jacobites in over 70 years, with over 300 objects on show combining National Museums Scotland’s collection with material on loan from around the UK and Europe.
 
Watch the exhibition trailer:
 

Bonnie Prince Charlie & the Jacobites is at National Museum of Scotland from 23 June to 12 November 2017. Entry £10 adult/ £8 concession/ £7 child (under 12s free)/ NMS members free.

The exhibition includes More than 300 spectacular objects including paintings, costumes, jewellery, documents, weapons and glassware, exploring who the Jacobites really were and examining some of the misconceptions that have surrounded their story for generations.

For more information, visit the Museum's website.

Caption: curator at the Palace of Holyroodhouse preparing a portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie before it goes on loan for the National Museum’s big summer exhibition, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites which opens next month.

(Image copyright Stewart Attwood; video copyright National Museums Scotland)

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