Royal Paintbox

Royal Paintbox


The Prince of Wales is our guide through several centuries of artistic expression among his ancestors. It turns out that a remarkable number of royals have been accomplished painters and their works make for a fascinating, meditative programme.

We see George III’s architectural drawings and Queen Victoria’s very sweet sketches of her children. But Charles has artistic leanings on his father’s side, too: Prince Louis of Battenberg’s drawings of Edward VII’s trip to India, including an ostrich being wrestled up a gangway on the royal yacht, are wonderful. And wait till you see Prince Philip’s painting of the present Queen having breakfast: it’s a side of him – and her – we rarely see.

Charles’s own preference is for watercolours of snowy landscapes, especially of the hills around Balmoral: at times, as he shares his passion, you wonder if he’s revealing more about himself than he meant to.


The Prince of Wales examines his family's artistic roots, revealing a treasure trove of rarely seen works created by talented royals past and present. The documentary goes behind the scenes to discover how growing up in homes filled with great art inspired Charles to paint, and there are examples of his own watercolours depicting the castles and houses of Balmoral, Highgrove and Sandringham.