The statue was commissioned to celebrate the late Queen’s platinum jubilee and was completed in August, one month before her death.
King Charles III unveils Queen Elizabeth's first statue at York Minister after her death. The 6ft 7in (2m) sculpture stands decorating the York Minister building, reported Metro. The statue is made from Lepine limestone from France and is said to weigh almost two tonnes. The statue was commissioned to celebrate the late Queen’s platinum jubilee and was completed in August, one month before her death. The sculpture depicts the queen standing and looking down the main approach to the minster and her left hand pulling in her robe to brace against the winds which frequently buffet the west front.
King Charles unveils statue of Queen Elizabeth II. pic.twitter.com/eVoDLmfbpg— Pop Base (@PopBase) November 9, 2022
Speaking at the ceremony at York Minster, Charles said, “The late Queen was always vigilant for the welfare of her people during her life. Now her image will watch over what will become Queen Elizabeth Square for centuries to come.”
The king inaugurated the statue in the presence of hundreds of people. The statue enhances the 850-year-old holy holiday. Richard Bossons, 52, who has worked at the minster for 11 years, won a competition to create the statue, which stands above the West Front entrance. He said, "I hope everybody likes it. It is the best I could pull out of myself. Hopefully I have done justice to the Queen and the King likes it and I have done justice to the front of the building."
Queen Elizabeth II statue at York Minster, unveiled today by King Charles III 👑 pic.twitter.com/R1tEhiCcpZ— charlie ♔ (@notaroyalexpert) November 9, 2022
Bossons, who has done caricatures or grotesques for cathedral gargoyles before, said there were some nerve-wracking moments during the sculpting, which involved a three-tonne piece of Lepine limestone being cut by machines to his design and six months’ work with his chisel to refine the stone.
He said, "I am hugely relieved and it will be nice now to go back to my bread-and-butter work."
The first statue of Queen Elizabeth II to be unveiled after her death is now in place at York Minister. The statue, by Richard Bossons, was unveiled by King Charles III on his visit to the city. The King said it was 'a tribute to a life of extraordinary service and devotion.' pic.twitter.com/3WGlLVrm2N— Coronation News & Updates (@Coronation2023) November 9, 2022
The initial inauguration of the statute was scheduled for September but it was postponed due to the sudden demise of the Queen, reported Msn. There are statues of the queen riding a horse in Great Windsor Park which was dedicated in 2003, while a statue of her on one of her favorite horses, Burmese, was unveiled at the Royal Military Academy in Berkshire earlier this year. There are also statues of her in Lagos, Nigeria, and Winnipeg, Canada.