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New statue of Queen Elizabeth II combines royal with personal

A new statue of Queen Elizabeth II has been unveiled in England’s smallest county.

The official reveal of the 7 feet bronze sculpture took place on what would have been Elizabeth II’s 98th birthday – April 21st 2024.

The statue is in Oakham, Rutland and was commissioned by the county’s Lord Lieutenant.

It’s the work of sculptor, Hywel Pratley, and is cast in bronze.

It shows Her Late Majesty in a flowing dress and cloak and wearing a tiara. The statue also features three sculpted corgis as a tribute to the dogs who were a favourite of Elizabeth II.

Several real corgis also attended the ceremony which drew a crowd of several hundred people.

The statue is thought to be the first permanent life size statue of the late Queen to be created since her death in September 2022.

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