|Queen Victoria Memorial|
Queen's Gardens, Buckingham Palace, SW1
Nearest Tube: Green Park
The Queen Victoria Memorial Committee decided to build this 82ft white marble memorial in 1901, but the finished memorial wasn't unveiled until 1911. Using a total of over 2,000 tons of marble, it was designed by Thomas Brock, who was knighted for his efforts.
Queen Victoria faces to the east and she is surrounded on three sides by the figures of Charity, Truth and Justice. Courage and Constancy are next to her whilst Victory adorns the top of the memorial.
And on the podium that the memorial sits on you can see various other figures representing, amongst other things, Progress, Manufacture, Painting, Architecture and Ship Building. As such the whole memorial is as much a memorial to Victorian values as to the Queen herself.
The memorial sits in front of Buckingham Palace in a small part of parkland known as the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens that were designed by Aston Webb. They were created from parts of both Green Park and St James's Park and include some fabulous flower beds.
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