The Windsor Lady (The Queen & her Corgis) is one of the four memorials to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. That jubilee was celebrated in Windsor with street parties and a walkabout from the Castle to the Guildhall. The Windsor Lady was a gift from a Maidenhead sculptor, Lydia Karpinska, who works in bronze in the figurative tradition. The statue is less formal than most royal sculptures depicting The Queen somewhat informally dressed and surrounded by six Corgis. The Welsh Corgi came originally from the hilly counties of Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire. Once described as ‘an odd little animal with a face like a fox, a rump like a guinea-pig, and front legs which are always short and usually somewhat bowed’, the Corgi was not recognised by the Kennel Club as a breed of championship status until 1928. Most people had never heard of Corgis until 1933 when they saw a photograph of seven-year old Princess Elizabeth, holding a Corgi puppy at Glamis Castle. The Queen has had Corgis and the cross breed, Dorgies, ever since. She still has four, but in 2015, she let it be known that she would not be getting any new ones.
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