How Lady Helen Taylor's son Cassius, 25, has turned his first tattoo into an art show

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He has been a constant support for his mother at solemn royal functions, but in the art world, Cassius Taylor is making a name for himself. 

The 25-year-old royal, who is the son of Lady Helen Taylor and world-renowned art-dealer Timothy Taylor, and the Duke of Kent’s grandson, has become a darling of the London art scene in his own right, and has turned his first tattoo into a whimsical art exhibition. 

Speaking to Tatler, the socialite, who studied art management at Goldsmith University, talked of his desire to be a renowned curator thanks to ‘pop-up’ performances. 

The royal, who was among the extended family who attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on 19 September, also spoke about suffering from ‘a particularly dark time’ during lockdown. 

Cassius, who was once dubbed one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors, loves to spend time with his brother Columbus and his stylish cousins Lady Amelia Windsor and Flora Vesterberg, both 27.

Cassius Taylor, who is the son of Lady Helen and world-renowned art-dealer Timothy Taylor, and the Duke of Kent's grandson, has become a darling of the London art scene in his own right, and has turned his first tattoo into a whimsical art exhibition. Pictured at King Charles III's proclamation

Cassius Taylor, who is the son of Lady Helen and world-renowned art-dealer Timothy Taylor, and the Duke of Kent’s grandson, has become a darling of the London art scene in his own right, and has turned his first tattoo into a whimsical art exhibition. Pictured at King Charles III’s proclamation 

Cassius and his mother Lady Helen Taylor enjoy a close relationship. Pictured together at British  Vogue's Centenary Gala Dinner

Cassius and his mother Lady Helen Taylor enjoy a close relationship. Pictured together at British  Vogue’s Centenary Gala Dinner

Like several fringe members of the royal family, Cassius, who was born in 1996, grew up within royal circles but away from the spotlight, making rare public appearances, including the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour. 

His mother Lady Helen was a fashion ambassador and muse to Giorgio Armani for 17 years. 

The second out of four children, Cassius grew up close with his brother Columbus, 28, and his younger sisters Eloise, 19 and Estella, 17. 

He went to school at Wellington College in Berkshire, which costs £35,775-a-year, before heading to creative hub Goldsmiths, where he got a degree in art management.

The royal, who is 45th in line for the throne and studied art management at Goldsmiths, loves to DJ on his spare time

The royal, who is 45th in line for the throne and studied art management at Goldsmiths, loves to DJ on his spare time 

Making waves! Cassius, who has been dubbed the'bad boy' of the Royal Family, is hoping to make his mark on the art world

Making waves! Cassius, who has been dubbed the ‘bad boy’ of the Royal Family, is hoping to make his mark on the art world

He got the bug from his parents, who are both renowned art dealers, saying: ‘I was constantly being dragged to galleries as a child.’

His passion for art, singular style and his penchant for partying saw him dubbed the ‘bad boy’ of the royal family.  

After graduating, he worked for his father’s art gallery in London before joining the PR agency Purple, where he dabbled in the events business, organising glitzy receptions at Somerset House. 

He eventually left Purple PR and set up his own events company, named ‘Telltale.’

The royal has now curate his own show, which is to take place at his father’s gallery, he industrial Painting Rooms of Flitcroft Street in Camden, which will celebrate the work of painter Armen Eloyan as part of Frieze. 

Cassius's father is the world-renowned art dealer Timothy Taylor, right, and is very enthusiastic about his son's first curated show

Cassius’s father is the world-renowned art dealer Timothy Taylor, right, and is very enthusiastic about his son’s first curated show 

The royal is the second of four children behind his brother Columbus, right, 28. They have two sisters, Eloise and Estella

The royal is the second of four children behind his brother Columbus, right, 28. They have two sisters, Eloise and Estella 

Speaking of the upcoming two-day show, the royal said Eloyan reminded him of his childhood, because the artist is one of his father’s friends. 

He added that art helped him get through some tough times during lockdown.  

Visitors will be able to admire the artist’s anarchist works, and will get the options to get either permanent or temporary tattoos, with Cassius planning on getting inked himself during the show. 

The tattoo, which shows a pensive skeleton drawn like a cartoon, reads: ‘When it’s good it’s great,’ was commissioned by Cassius to Eloyan for the show. 

The royal likes to share a glimpse of his life on social media, where he shapes party snaps, art shows and festival hangs

The royal likes to share a glimpse of his life on social media, where he shapes party snaps, art shows and festival hangs 

Cassius is close to his cousin Lady Amelia Windsor, 27, who has modelled for Dolce and Gabbana (pictured in 2018)

Cassius is close to his cousin Lady Amelia Windsor, 27, who has modelled for Dolce and Gabbana (pictured in 2018)

He said of his upcoming tattoo: ‘It timestamped a moment in my life,’ Cassius explains, ‘it made me recognise what was going on and helped me deal with it.’

The royal said he hoped to shock punters at his upcoming show, adding that his supportive family is very excited at his first stab at curating.  

Cassius added the exhibition was a culmination of bright and dark times in his life, saying it helped him see the bright side.  

The royal also talked of his love of the Houghton festival, a music and art’s festival which was founded by Craig Richards, his ultimate art inspiration, and takes place every year on the Country parkland estate in Norfolk.

In his free time, Cassius also is a big fan of immersive theatre, especially an event called Punch Drunk, where guests are invited to put on VR headsets in a London abandoned warehouse, with actors moving around the participants. 

Family man! Cassius loves to spend time with Lady Helen, and attended Wimbledon with her last year with his grandfather the Duke of Kent, right

Family man! Cassius loves to spend time with Lady Helen, and attended Wimbledon with her last year with his grandfather the Duke of Kent, right 

Supportive son: Cassius was by his mother's side to attend the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on March 29

Supportive son: Cassius was by his mother’s side to attend the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on March 29 

The young royal, who was born in 1996, has also appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the Queen mother, centre

The young royal, who was born in 1996, has also appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the Queen mother, centre

He also shares a glimpse into his artsy life on Instagram, where snaps show him DJing with friends of attending art galleries with his brother Columbus or hanging out with his glamourous cousins, Lady Amelia Windsor and Flora Vesterberg. 

The royal, who is 45th in line for the throne, joked he is the ‘annoying’ child and added he took some time to settle into a career, unable to decide which genre he wanted to dedicate himself to.  

Two years ago, he was dubbed one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors by Tatler, is friends with countless trendy socialites, including Rafferty Law, Jude Law’s son. 

His is also a dedicated family man and is often seen accompanying his mother, with whom he’s very close, at a series of events, including royal engagements. 

He looked somber as he attended King Charles III’s proclamation on 10 September following the death of Queen Elizabeth, and also attended the late Monarch’s funeral on September 19.  

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