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Prince Charles often takes a painter on his royal tours to 'go beyond the limitations of photography', it has emerged.
London-based Diarmuid Kelley, 47, who was commissioned by the Prince of Wales to paint the Duchess of Cornwall in 2012 and soon after, accompanied the couple on a royal visit to Mexico and Colombia, said the artists 'do all the things Charles would like to do'.
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Speaking to the New York Post, the 47-year-old British artist said: 'Charles always takes a painter on these trips, because he’s a patron of the arts.
'He’ll give the artist a driver, and they can go anywhere they want and do all the things Charles would like to do, like paint landscapes. [The royals] work hard on that trip.'
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It is well documented that the prince is a keen artist, with Charles, 71, developing his love of painting in the 1970s and 80s, inspired by Robert Waddel, who had been his art master at Gordonstoun in Scotland.
And it looks like only his preferred method of painting is good enough to capture the places he visits during his royal tours, because he employs different artists to travel alongside him.
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It is thought that the Prince first started inviting creatives to accompany him on official tours overseas and record their impressions in the 1980s and continues to do so at his own expense.
'As an engaged Patron of the Arts and a keen amateur watercolourist himself, His Royal Highness likes to create a record of a tour that goes beyond the limitations of photography,' the Prince of Wales' website states.
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'When he travels abroad, The Prince of Wales chooses a tour artist to join the tour party at his request and his own expense.'
Along with Diarmuid, British artists such as Tim Scott Bolton and James Hart Dyke, as well...
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