Statue of Britain's Queen Elizabeth commissioned

A new sculpture of Britain's Queen Elizabeth is set to be erected in Gravesham, Kent, ahead of her 90th birthday celebrations later this year.

Statue of Britain's Queen Elizabeth commissioned

A new statue of Britain's Queen Elizabeth has been commissioned to mark her 90th birthday.

The 89-year-old royal will be honoured in Gravesham, Kent, after world-renowned sculptor Douglas Jennings was commissioned to create the art work by the local council.

Council leader John Cubitt said: "It will be a fitting tribute to our longest reigning monarch on a notable personal milestone.

"Everyone admires The Queen's dedication to carrying out her duties so diligently into a seventh decade. Our tribute will be dignified and will mark a special moment in the nation's history for generations to come."

The statue, which will be completed in bronze, will feature the Queen in a sitting position whilst dressed in her Order of the Garter robes.

Of the town's link with the monarchy, Councillor John Cubitt added: "I'm certain that the people of our borough will welcome this artwork which will become part of our future heritage. It is important to realise that this will not be a cost to the public purse.

"The borough's links to the monarchy are long-standing over centuries and it is especially fitting that it comes in a year when our market, one of the oldest royal chartered markets in England, is being redeveloped at the same time the statue of the last reigning Queen, Victoria, is being restored."

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