A new statue of Elizabeth II planned for Platinum Jubilee

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A new statue of The Queen will take its place at one of England’s most celebrated churches to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

First glimpses of the sculpture, which will sit in a currently empty niche on the West front of York Minister, have been revealed.

The statue is the work of Richard Bossons, who has been part of the Minister’s Stoneyard team for ten years.

It shows The Queen dressed in her Order of the Garter robes and wearing the George IV State Diadem. She carries the orb and sceptre, the symbols of her office as Head of State and Head of the Church of England.

Measuring two metres and weighing nearly two tonnes, it will be carved from Lepine stone, a French stone used previously for carvings at the Minster.

The statue will overlook a proposed new space for the city, to be called Queen Elizabeth Square.

Work has already begun on the sculpture which will be unveiled officially in the autumn of 2022.

The Queen will mark the 70th anniversary of her reign on February 6th 2022 and a four day celebration for her Platinum Jubilee takes place between June 2nd and June 5th 2022.

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Lydia Starbuck

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.