The Queen will visit Poundbury in October

HM Queen Elizabeth
HM Queen Elizabeth

Her Majesty the£†Queen and£†The Duke Of Edinburgh£†will visit Poundbury alongside The£†Prince of Wales in October.

It has been announced today that the special Royal visit will take place on Thursday 27 October.

Further details of the day will be released closer to the visit.

Meanwhile, work is underway for the£†royal statue in Queen Mother Square created£†by internationally renowned sculptor Philip Jackson.

The 9’6’’ tall statue is the exact casting of the Queen Mother’s statue standing in the Mall.

Queen Mother Square£†is nearing competition with Strathmore House already home to new residents and the building work continuing for Royal Pavilion. For more details of these developments see below.

The Prince of Wales visits Poundbury twice a year to check on the development’s progress.

Kings Point House from the air - September 2016

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Kings Point House from the air. Image copyright Celebrating Poundbury - Images by SkypicUK

What will the Queen Mother Statue look like?£†

An iconic statue of the Queen Mother will be erected in the heart of Poundbury.

Close up of the Queen Mother Statue in the Mall
Close up of the Queen Mother Statue in the Mall

Work is currently taking place on the plinth in the centre of the square, prompting passers-by to wonder when the statue will be unveiled.

Without a doubt, the main focal point of the square upon completion will be the cast bronze statue of the late Queen Mother. This has been created by internationally renowned sculptor Philip Jackson, who has been commissioned to create many prestigious, figuratively detailed public monuments.

The iconic statue is scheduled for unveiling this Autumn.

What will the statue look like?

CGI of Queen Mother Square - £© Duchy of Cornwall
CGI of Queen Mother Square – £© Duchy of Cornwall

The 9’6’’ tall statue is the exact casting of the Queen Mother’s statue standing in the Mall, which was unveiled in February 2009 by Her Majesty The Queen.

It was chosen by The Prince of Wales who described the sculpture as “a fitting tribute to my darling grandmother.”

The statue shows the Queen Mother at the age of 51, when she was widowed, although she did go on to live another 50 years.

What inspired the sculptor?

Renowned artist Philip Jackson met the Queen Mother when she was 100, to present her with a statue of her late husband King George VI.

In an exclusive interview with Celebrating Poundbury, Philip said: “Meeting the Queen Mother at the time was incredibly useful because one could see what a great spirit she was. Even at that age she was a remarkable example of how you can live life to the full, right to the very end.”Queen Mother Statue in The Mall, London £© Royal Parks

Philip adds: “When you look at the photographs and the footage, you seldom catch her without a smile on her face – it was so obvious that she had the spark of life in her and I really wanted to get that life into the work. But at the same time, this is an official memorial, showing her as Elizabeth the Queen, so what I did was to get the wind just moving her robes slightly, and a faint smile playing on her lips.”

What does the first statue in London look like?

Standing next to the bronze statue of her husband, King George VI, this national memorial to The Queen Mother, who died in 2002 aged 101, was unveiled by HM The Queen in February 2009.
The bronze statue by Philip Jackson, shows the Queen Mother at the age of 51, when she was widowed.The memorial cost £2m and was funded by a £5 coin, produced by the Royal Mint to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday.
See a map of the location here



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