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Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial (68)

When you visit Buckingham Palace do not miss the chance to take a good look at the Queen Victoria Memorial, also called the Victoria Monument, which is right in front of the palace.

Called “the wedding cake”, it is a monument designed by the architect Aston Webb in honour of Queen Victoria. The works began in 1903 and lasted until 1911, when the monument was officially unveiled by King George V in the presence of the German emperor William II.

With a height of 25 metres and built in granite, bronze and 2,300 tons of Carrara marble, it is the largest monument erected in honour of a monarch in England.

In the centre of the piece there is a statue of Queen Victoria sculpted in 1911 by Thomas Brock. This marble figure looks out towards the Mall.

Resting over the plinths of the other sides of the monument are three winged marble figures which represent the values so present in the Victorian period, which are truth, charity and justice. 

The highest part of the Queen Victoria Memorial is crowned by a brilliant 4-metre high statue that represents a winged Victory in triumphant pose. The statue is flanked by two seated figures that were given by the people of New Zealand.

Around this series are some steps watched over by dark bronze statues that represent lions and men with torches. If you look carefully, you will also see statues with a nautical theme, such as mermaids, which recall Great Britain’s naval domination during Queen Victoria’s long reign.

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