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The Duchess of Cornwall gifted a miniature statue of suffragette Alice Hawkins


Photo: Charlie Proctor / Royal Central

The Duchess of Cornwall was gifted with a miniature statue of suffragette Alice Hawkins during a visit to Leicester on Tuesday.

Her Royal Highness was presented with the statue as she stood on stage next to the Prince of Wales in Green Dragon Square.

Just a few moments earlier, Charles & Camilla visited the large bronze statue of Alice Hawkins which stands in the city centre.

While looking at the statue, some of the great-grandchildren of the suffragette were introduced to the couple.

Alice Hawkins was born in Stafford in 1863, but spent much of her life in Leicester,working as a shoe machinist. She was a key figure in the Leicestershire Women’sSuffrage Society and was arrested and imprisoned many times as a result of militantaction she took in her fight for women’s rights. 

A statue of Alice Hawkins was unveiled in February 2018 to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, the act that gave all men and some women the right to vote.

The 7-foot tall, 800- pound bronze statue was created by sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn and was cast in a foundry in London.

It stands on a 4-foot granite plinth and was erected near to the spot where Alice would have stood when she addressed the public on the topic of women’s suffrage.

Alice died in Leicester in 1946 and is buried in Welford Road cemetery.