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Windsor Castle launches monarch art exhibition

image captionNine-year-old Prince Ernest Augustus, son of George III, painted this view of Windsor Castle in 1780

Rarely-seen pictures created by British monarchs and other royals have gone on display at Windsor Castle.

The Royal Paintbox exhibition features sketches by Queen Victoria of her children and an "accomplished" painting by a nine-year-old prince.

A linocut of a circus horse, made in the 1930s by the Queen when she was a young princess, is also on display as are 15 watercolours by Prince Charles.

image captionQueen Victoria painted her children at Osborne House in 1850

The exhibition at the Berkshire castle runs until 26 January.

Same Highland landscapes

A selection of pages from Victoria's sketchbooks on display include portraits of her children and landscapes made during her holidays at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, and Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Some of Prince Charles's watercolours include the same Highland landscapes painted by Victoria, who is his great-great-great grandmother.

A Royal Collection spokeswoman said Prince Charles "has painted throughout his adult life, during holidays and when his official diary allows".

George III's children were tutored in art and painted and drew throughout their lives.

His nine-year-old son Prince Ernest Augustus, later King of Hanover, painted an "accomplished view" of Windsor Castle in December 1780 which is also on display.

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