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Queen Elizabeth II: Designs for Romsey and Andover statues revealed

Queen Elizabeth II was one of the most photographed people in the world, with her portraits hung in government buildings and on currency, coins, and stamps across the Commonwealth. She was also the subject of countless paintings, sculptors, and artists. Designs of two more sculptures of the late Queen have been released. 

Sculptor Amy Goodman has shared her design for two sister sculptures of Queen Elizabeth II. The sculptures were originally planned to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and historic reign but are now taking on a more poignant meaning after her death in early September. 

Goodman’s completed bronze sculptures will stand in two Hampshire towns, Andover and Romsey. As reported by the BBC, the Andover piece will most likely be at the Vigo Recreation Ground, and the Romsey piece will be close to Romsey Abbey. The first statue will be unveiled in the summer of 2023, with the next separately unveiled later in the year. 

The first statue depicts a young Queen Elizabeth II at her 1953 coronation, complete with her Robe of Estate, Norman Hartnell gown, and crown jewels. The second focuses on the Queen from her older years, also with the Imperial State Crown. 

The BBC also reported that Goodman is still working with community groups on different designs for the robes that feature notable moments from Her Majesty’s 70-year reign. 

The artist explained to the Hampshire Chronicle: “Queen Elizabeth II has been a constancy in all our lives, and the outpouring of love, affection and respect from all over the world since she passed has been gratifying to witness. It is such an honour to be sculpting the two statues, and aside from creating two accurate and elegant portraits of her, I will look to the local community, from different generations, in the form of workshops to help inspire designs I will inscribe on each of her robes that best and most poignantly reflect her reign.”

Goodman is an award-winning sculptor and has completed several notable sculptures, including the Romsey War Horse statue. The statue is notably the only piece specifically created to recognise the work and role of horses in the First World War. 

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