Royal Love15 May 2016
A painting by Teddy McDonald with HRH Princess Beatrice, HRH Princess Eugenie and Sarah, Duchess of York. The artwork was painted on the lawn of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park known as the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Earlier in 2016, via a mutual acquaintance, Teddy McDonald was unexpectedly invited to join the York family at Royal Lodge. During this informal gathering Teddy McDonald learned of Princess Eugenie's interest in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat which led to him posing the suggestion of a collaborative painting. A couple of months later, the painting came to life.
The heart shape was first used by Teddy McDonald on Ed Sheeran's 'Crash x Teddy M' guitar and Teddy McDonald considered it appropriate for the royal painting and also included the word 'Love' in a font he had previously painted for a private collector. Teddy McDonald then asked the princesses and their mother to embellish the work with their own spontaneous thoughts related to how the painting spoke to them personally.
Armed with paint markers and brushes, the members of the royal family each occupied their own section of the painting and began embellishing. It is noticeable all the comments were very positive, uplifting and mindful of wellbeing. Princess Eugenie occupied the bottom right inclduing the acronym 'YOLO' while Princess Beatrice chose the bottom left and showed her natural creativity by painting a flower.
The painting, acrylic on canvas [140 x 140 cm] was exhibited at the annual Masterpiece London art fair in Chelsea. GQ magazine published the UK exclusive while People magazine also published a feature in the US.
During the Masterpiece fair, the royals hosted a private dinner and the painting was sold to a private collector. All proceeds from the sale were donated to the charity, Children in Crisis.
In 2018, the royal painting was featured by Sky News when Teddy McDonald provided live commentary alongside royal dress designer David Emanuel at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie from Windsor Castle.
The painting 'Royal Love' resides in a private collection and with the agreement it will never be sold without the artist's prior written agreement.