Charles Saatchi 23 April 2018 • 7:19am Our columnist takes a peek behind some of the world’s most significant paintings. This week, The Virgin and Child with Chancellor Rolin by Jan Van Eyck Jan Van Eyck is often credited as the inventor of oil painting. Yet although he is certainly the first artist who fully mastered the technique, in fact oils had been used in Indian and Chinese paintings as far back as the fifth century. Nevertheless, the many who have admired Van Eyck’s extraordinary The Arnolfini Portrait (1434), at the National Gallery, will appreciate that he truly was a visionary. This small painting is not only sublimely beautiful, it is so rich with puzzling detail and metaphor that it has transfixed artists since it was... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about Charles Saatchi’s Great Masterpieces: Jan Van Eyck’s project of the most blatant vanity
Queen Elizabeth II has let a rare public eye-roll slip over her son's choice of words. The 92-year-old gave audiences a laugh at her televised birthday event on the weekend when she rolled her eyes in response to Prince Charles calling her "mummy". Shaggy, Sting, Craig David and Tom Jones perform for the Queen on her 92nd birthday The moment was far from subtle with many jumping on Twitter to point it out. Hosted at the Royal Albert Hall the event saw the royal family and other celebrities gather for a concert featuring performances from the likes of Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue. Newshub. … [Read more...] about Queen rolls her eyes over Charles’ choice of words
THE Duchess of Cornwall has recalled being frozen in horror after seeing a ghost at one of Prince Charles’s mansions. Camilla was so spooked that she refused to return to the 18th-century stately home for years. The Duchess, who admits she believes in the supernatural, was visiting dilapidated Dumfries House, Ayrshire, more than a decade ago. She said: “There was definitely a ghost — without a shadow of a doubt. I walked up the steps, got into the hall and I thought I can’t go any further. I literally froze. If my hair could stand on end, it would have done. “I remember thinking I don’t want to come back and I didn’t for a few years.” Camilla told of the fright for a TV documentary on tonight, which followed her as she turned 70 last July. MOST READ IN BIZARRECONNOR'S A GONNER? Corrie's Michelle Connor will be SHOT by evil Pat Phelan during wedding COSTLY QUICKIE Davina McCall, 50, forking out £2.5m for quickie divorce from … [Read more...] about Camilla Parker-Bowles ‘terrified by a ghost’ at one of Prince Charles’ mansions and didn’t visit for years
PRINCE Charles is next in line to the throne and is the long-serving heir in British history. But how old is Charles and how long has he been married to Camilla Parker-Bowles? How old is Prince Charles? Prince Charles is first in line to the British throne as the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II. The heir apparent was born on November 14, 1948, which means he will turn 70 later in 2018. The throne will pass to Prince Charles if the Queen, 91, abdicates, retires or dies – and according to reports, abdication could be a real possibility. However, Her Majesty is said to have told her inner circle that if she is still on the throne at the age of 95, she will ask for a piece of legislation to grant her eldest son full power to reign while she is alive. The line of succession for the British throne1. The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) 2. The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) 3. Prince George of Cambridge 4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge 5. New baby of Prince William … [Read more...] about How old is Prince Charles, when did he marry Princess Diana and how long has he and Camilla Parker-Bowles been married?
PRINCE Charles has been accused of being 'difficult to work for' and ready to sack a number of royal staff when he becomes king. A source said to be close to palace staff claimed Charles has a tense relationship with some members of the royal household. Charles celebrates his 70th birthday later this year and is next in line to the throne. However he is said to be aware he is less popular than his 92-year-old mother and would reportedly look to make changes to palace staff if he succeeded her to the throne. The source told the Daily Express: "For some of those who serve in his household, he’s difficult to work with. You’ve got to do what he says, he is very hard work. "Prince Charles does not like some palace staff. When the time comes for him to be king, he will make some people redundant. "Charles knows he does not have the same popularity as Her Majesty." The suggestion that Charles is not as popular as Elizabeth was supported by a 2017 YouGov poll. Last month, a new … [Read more...] about Prince Charles is ‘difficult to work for and would sack Royal staff if he became King’ according to insider