Camilla at Kew Gardens for celebration of Rory McEwen

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Royal links: The duchess with Sam McEwen and Christabel Holland Royal links: The duchess with Sam McEwen and Christabel Holland

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Kew Gardens this week to view an exhibition to celebrate late artist and musician Rory McEwen.

The exhibition is in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the gardens on May 14.

The duchess was led around by the late Scottish artist’s daughters , Sam McEwen and Christabel Holland, during the evening.

The Prince of Wales was also invited, but unable to attend.

The exhibition, which runs from May to September, showcases the McEwen’s vibrant career, focusing on his lifelong enquiry into light and colour and has strong royal connections.

One of the artworks on display was a wild cyclamen painting that McEwen gave to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the early 1950s.

Two other works, paintings of roses, were owned by Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, who was McEwen’s childhood friend.

This is the first time these works have been presented to the public since a 1988 Serpentine Gallery exhibition.

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