Your questions about the Queen Mother Statue answered

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?

Queen Elizabeth Statue © Philip Jackson
Queen Elizabeth Statue © Philip Jackson

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.”

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?

Queen Mother Statue in The Mall, London © Royal Parks
Queen Mother Statue in The Mall, London © Royal Parks
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.
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