The Casual Prince

Prince Charles turns 60 today and to commemorate his six decades in tweed, kilts, pinstripes and crowns, he strikes a casual military pose for photographer Hugo Burnand.  It's all inspired by this guy, Frederick Gustavus Burnaby, who was (as The Times of London tells it: an officer in the Household Cavalry who was, "variously, a balloonist, adventurer, Times correspondent, best-selling author and, reputedly, the strongest man the in the British Army. Legend has it that he once carried a pony under one arm").

This portrait of Burnaby, painted by the incredible James Jacques Tissot in 1870, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

3 comments

  1. this is easily my favourite post of the year!

    He was Frederick Gustavus Burnaby, an officer in the Household Cavalry who was, variously, a balloonist, adventurer, Times correspondent, bestselling author and, reputedly, the strongest man in the British Army. Legend has it that he once carried a pony under one arm.

    after reading the above, my head's whirling ; ) fantastic!

  2. He is weirdly attractive. So is the setting, the sofa, the slipcover, the chintz.

  3. Hels says:

    Tissot is typically depicted as painting just women, or at least women with a man or two in support. You have opened new possibilitites which I must pursue.

    I have created a link between our two posts - many thanks
    Hels
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/