Beningbrough Hall to host royal portrait exhibition

York Press: Queen Elizabeth – Lightness of Being, a holograph of the Queen from the collection of royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery on display at Beningbrough Hall Queen Elizabeth – Lightness of Being, a holograph of the Queen from the collection of royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery on display at Beningbrough Hall

Visitors to a North Yorkshire stately home will come face to face with royalty this year.

Beningbrough Hall is showing Royals: Then And Now and will exhibit portraits of the Queen and her family, from George I to Prince George.

The exhibition will also include Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official engagement photograph and famous images of Princess Diana taken just months before her death, taken by Mario Testino.

Besides these will be silkscreen pop art prints by Andy Warhol, and a holographic close-up of the Queen, taken while she was resting her eyes between shots for another portrait.

Beningbrough’s general manager David Morgan said: “This year’s display in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery means we are able to bring some of the most sought after and culturally important pieces of royal portraiture from the national collection to Yorkshire.

Beningbrough Hall has been a northern home for some of the National Portrait Gallery’s eighteenth-century portraits since 1979, but this exhibition will bring contemporary art in to 300 year old house for the first time.

The display marks the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I, the first monarch of the House of Hanover, and will show portraits of today’s royal family beside their ancestors.

The royal theme will continue with a series of tours around the garden and below stairs and talks in the hall, as well as a brand new family trail starring Clarence the corgi for the Easter holidays.

The exhibition will run from March until November.

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