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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth - The Mall, London, UK.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.306 W 000° 08.023
30U E 698915 N 5709891
Quick Description: These two bronze plaques, each about eleven feet in length, are mounted in a Portland stone wall on each side of, but separate from, the George VI and Queen Elizabeth statues in The Mall.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 2:09:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMDE1J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 6

Long Description:

There are two bronze plaques, each about eleven feet in length, recessed into a Portland stone wall. The general area, to the north west of The Mall and about half length between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, is known as the King George VI Memorial. There is also a statue of King George VI and another, more recent one, of Queen Elizabeth.

The plaque on the right (north east) shows Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) in various activities after the death of King George VI in 1952. The centre shows Her Majesty at the races, a pursuit that she had great interest in. There is a racehorse, probably one of her own, with its jockey bowing as he meets Queen Elizabeth. By the top hats and ladies also wearing hats I would guess that the race meeting is something like Royal Ascot. To the left, it shows Queen Elizabeth meeting some gentlemen wearing war medals and ribbons. To the right is shows her seated with two of the corgis that the royal family is so fond of.

The plaque to the left depicts moments from the time when King George VI was still alive. Some of that was during the Second World War when the royal family were known to go to the East End of London to meet families and personnel who had been affected by the German bombing. The centre part of the plaque shows the King and Queen talking to families of the East End. The left part shows some of the bombed property and people working to effect rescues from the rubble. The right part shows the King and Queen, probably at home, with two ladies in the background. I would hazard a guess that the two young ladies are the current Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret.

These two plaques are carved in exquisite detail and the eye is drawn to many features. Using relief, like this, shows far more than a flat canvas ever could.

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Date Sculpture was opened for vewing?: 2/24/2009

Website for sculpture?: [Web Link]

Where is this sculpture?:
The Mall
London, United Kingdom

Sculptors Name: Paul Day

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