Prince William refused to let Queen have Prince Philip portrait by Ronnie Wood | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood unveiled a touching portrait of Prince Philip following his death in April 2021, aged 99. The charcoal painting depicts a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh tipping his hat at a Buckingham Palace parade in 2017.
When the portrait was finished, Prince William heard about it and asked Ronnie to present it to him at Kensington Palace.
Then, William told the rocker that he wanted to show the portrait to his grandmother the Queen.
In a new interview, Ronnie revealed that William still keeps the picture in a “special place”, but refused to let the Queen have it.
“I told William I genuinely was struck by that image… he’s tipping his hat.
“I captured it and [William] thought it was amazing. He said ’I’m not going to let the Queen have it. She can have a look – but she’s not having it’.
“He’s got it in special place where he can see it every day he said.”
While he says he has got “a few images” of the late monarch that “are not quite right”, Ronnie wishes he could have painted her in person.
He told the aforementioned publication: “I would have loved to [paint the Queen].
“I’ve painted her in my spare time and I’ve got a few images of her that I’ve been sitting on that are not quite right. A difficult thing to capture.
“It’s one commission I would have loved to have done. It’s time. You’ve got to have the person sitting for you and the time to dedicate to it.”
Ronnie has been a keen artist since childhood and his drawings were even featured on the BBC show Sketch Club.
He went on to study at Ealing Art College, before quitting to spend more time on his band The Birds.
Among his notable works, Ronnie did the cover to Eric Clapton’s 1988 box set, Crossroads.
Several of his paintings, including a work commissioned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, are displayed at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.