This statue of Queen Victoria was placed outside Kensington Palace opposite Round Pond to commemorate the Golden Jubilee in 1887. The Queen wears King Edward’s crown, and holds the sceptre. She is seated in a chair, wearing the robes of state. The face is now badly weathered (and the upper lip regularly adorned with a graffiti moustache). The inscription reads as follows: “Victoria R. Here in front of the Palace where she was born and where she resided until her Accession Her loyal Kensington subjects erect this statue the work of her daughter to commemorate fifty years of her reign.HRH Princess Louise, Sculp.”Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939) was Queen Victoria’s most Bohemian daughter, and lived in an apartment at Kensington Palace. She also sculpted the memorial to the Canadian Soldiers who died in the South African War, in St Paul’s Cathedral.
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