More than 2 billion people around the world watched as Prince William and Catherine exchanged platinum rings this morning. I was one of them. What a beautiful wedding it was! As the cameras took us through the streets of London and finally to Buckingham palace, it brought back such wonderful memories of my first visit to London.
Back in 2004 I was also standing in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace. Not as a royal guest but as a tourist. Oh how different the world looks like through the eyes of a tourist! My blog today is not about Buckingham Palace but about the Statue in front of the palace: The Queen Victoria Memorial Statue.
I am sure you have seen it in many photographs taken of the wedding this morning. It is also a very popular spot to view the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The monument is very interesting. Some people also refer to it as the white “wedding cake” monument.
It was designed by Sir Aston Webb to commemorate Queen Victoria (1819-1901). It was sculpted by Thomas Brock. Work began in 1903 but it was only unveiled in 1911 by King George V in the presence of the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
This impressive statue was carved out of 2,300 ton Carrara marble, bronze and granite and contains several statues. The statue of Queen Victoria faces the Mall. Others represent Justice, Truth and Charity. On top of the memorial is a golden statue of Victory with 2 seated figures. The statue is almost 25m high! This is the largest monument dedicated to a monarch in England. Queen Victoria was also the longest reigning monarch in the history of England.
Where: In front of Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom
When: April 2004