Masterworks represented at royal birthday
Representatives from the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art will join the just-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Buckingham Palace today.
Museum founder Tom Butterfield and his wife, Gill, have been invited to a garden reception to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales, who has been a patron of the museum since 2003.
Guests will include Prince Harry and his new wife, Meghan Markle, who married on Saturday but delayed their honeymoon so that they could attend.
Mr Butterfield said: “I am looking forward to the event. It takes the ordinariness of what we do on a daily grind here and for a moment we get to be dropped into another world and to become part of that for a nanosecond.”
The Patronage Celebration in the gardens of Buckingham Palace will highlight the Prince’s interests, which include charities in the arts, military and education.
Mr Butterfield said royal recognition of the gallery was down to Judy, Lady Vereker, the wife of former Governor Sir John Vereker.
He added: “The fact that he put his name on our association back in 2003 when we were a bunch of renegades is thanks to Lady Vereker’s efforts when we were beginning our campaign to build this museum.
“It was very useful to be given that recognition. A lot of people thought if it’s good enough for the Prince of Wales, it’s got to be good enough for me, and it helped the campaign enormously and we have never looked back.”
He said: “I’ve been proud of the notion that we’ve had this patronage, especially so early on in the start of the organisation.”
The Butterfields were joined on their trip by fellow Masterworks representatives Elise Outerbridge and Michael Hamer.
Mr Butterfield said Prince Charles was an artist and had always had a passion for the arts.
Prince Charles has contributed to many of the museum’s books and catalogues and donated items to the museum’s fundraising auctions.
Masterworks is celebrating ten years as a purpose-build museum this year.
Mr Butterfield described the extension of the lease of its home in Paget’s Botanical Gardens as the “best birthday present”.
Masterworks will celebrate Prince Charles’s 70th birthday on November 14 by opening a special exhibition.
The occasion will also mark the 70th birthdays of museum curator Elise Outerbridge on November 7 and Mr Butterfield on November 21.
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