History will be made today when a statue of Queen Elizabeth II is unveiled in the town of Gravesend to celebrate the reign of the British monarch.
The statue is commissioned by Gravesham council and sculpted by Douglas Jennings.
The statue is being jointly unveiled by the Bishop of Rochester, and David Turner, honorary freeman of the borough and leader of the authority. The pair will reveal the statue to the public in St Andrew’s Gardens.
This statue will have a lot of significance.
The statue portrays the Queen in her Order of the Garter robes. This sculpture is the only seated sculpture of Her Majesty in existence. It will commemorate the Queen, who became the longest reigning British monarch in September 2015.
The sculpture is made of bronze and will be visible to pedestrians. It is 2.57 m tall and weighs about 700 kg and stands on a seven tonne, 1.52 m plinth made of Portland Stone.
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When asked about the new statue:-
David Turner said: “It is there to acknowledge Her Majesty’s service for a very long period and shows the town’s desire to have a symbol of loyalty and admiration”.
“My deep gratitude goes out to all who contributed to the cost, to the officers who managed the project. And also to Douglas Jennings who has delivered for us another world class piece”.
“The site where the sculpture is placed will enhance an already beautiful and tranquil spot. It was a wonderful opportunity to have the Queen seated wearing her official Order of the Garter robes and regalia”.
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“We were assisted by Her Majesty’s team of wardrobe archivists in Kensington Palace. They advised us on the correct gown and adornments worn by Queen Elizabeth”.