Painting, sport, writing and design – the hobbies that made Prince Philip tick


Among the volumes in the Duke’s library are copies of his own books. His 14 publications include Birds from Britannia (1962) and Survival or Extinction: A Christian Attitude to the Environment.


Painting wasn’t the only hobby in which the Duke’s artistic flair was seen. After the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992, he designed a stained glass window for the private chapel.

He also designed the engagement ring he gave to the Queen, helped design the interior of the Royal Yacht Britannia, and constantly developed improvements and safety measures for horse-drawn carriages. In 1959 he founded the Prince Philip Designer’s Prize. Sir James Dyson was one of its winners.


A truffle farm was opened by the Duke on the Sandringham Estate in 2006. He was reportedly the first to successfully grow French Perigord black truffle from British soil.

The Norfolk Estate also has a fruit farm that grows apples, gooseberries and blackcurrants.

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