Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Queen Mother


I was struck by the charm of the new memorial to the Queen Mother as I was dashing up the steps from The Mall into Carlton Gardens last week. A fine statue of her by Philip Jackson stands below King George and on the staircase on each side are a pair of reliefs in bronze showing aspects of her life. The one to the left depicts her in London during the war, together with her husband and the young princesses. The one to the right (apologies for this small photo of it) shows her presenting prizes at Ascot in the centre and sitting with one of her corgis on the right. The friezes were carved by Philip Day and are beautifully crafted.

6 Comments:

Blogger kinglear said...

I saw it the other day. It's totally HER. She always had the common touch.

12:28 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That's quite impressive. So the memorial is not a giant bottle of gin, as suggested by "Private Eye"!

11:42 pm  
OpenID minniebeaniste said...

So out of touch that I hadn't even heard of the project, let alone its completion. Thanks for the chance to 'see' it.

6:52 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi KL, WL & MB - WL is right - the only thing missing was the g&t!

8:11 am  
Anonymous rb said...

I think you will find her tipple was Gin and Dubonnet..now there's a proper sharpener

10:07 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Greetings RB - I trust you have some Dubonnet in the house...

7:43 am  

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