Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

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A statue of Queen Victoria stands near Kensington Palace. It was sculpted by Victoria’s fourth daughter Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll and erected in 1893 . The statue was made from white marble on a Portland stone base. It depicts Victoria aged 18, seated in her coronation robes, resembling the painting of Victoria at her coronation by Sir George Hayter. The statue received a Grade II listing in 1969. Victoria was born in Kensington Palace in May 1819, and spent most of her early life there until she ascended to the throne in 1837. The statue was made to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 but took some years to complete. It was commissioned by the Kensington Golden Jubilee Memorial Executive Committee, who sought design proposals. Princess Louise was reluctant to take up a commission to sculpt her mother, but was persuaded to make a model by her friend, the artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

Actor: PATRICIA HODGE
Written by: KATRINA HENDREY
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