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The Lost Prince Exhibition

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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The Life and Death of Henry Stuart

Oh, how things would have been different if the young Prince of Wales, Henry Stuart, had not died. I wonder what would have become of our history if the prince that would be king took the throne.

Born in 1594 to Anne of Denmark and King James I, Henry was a devout Protestant and loved by the people. When the prince died of suspected typhoid in 1612, he was only 18, and the kingdom suffered widespread grief.

Now, on the 400th anniversary of his death, The National Portrait Gallery is commemorating our lost prince in an exhibition running between the 18th October and the 13th January. It will include important artworks from the Jacobean period, such as Nicholas Hilliard's oval miniatures of the royals, and poetry by England's first Poet Laurette, Ben Jonson.

There will also be a large selection of books, armour, and other artefacts, some of which have never been available to see by the public before.

Alongside the exhibition will be a series of paid for and free events. These include a poetry evening, philosophical discussions about death, a workshop, in which you can make your own Jacobean illustrations, and a lecture on Jacobean fashion. You can find out about all the events here.

A full price ticket costs £13 for adults, £12 for seniors, and is free for under 18s. The exhibition will be open from 10am-6pm, except Thursdays and Fridays where it remains open until 9pm.
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Why? Learn about Henry Stuart
When: 18th Oct-13th Jan
Phone: 020 7306 0055
Where: The National Portrait Gallery
Cost: Adults - £13, Seniors - £12, Under 18s - free
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