Queen Victoria of United Kingdom - Sydney, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member paulspaper
S 33° 52.182 E 151° 12.720
56H E 334620 N 6250852
Quick Description: A bronze statue of Queen Victoria perched high on a granite pedestal, holding her Sovereign's Orb (cross on top) and the Royal Sceptre.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 6/21/2008 6:16:12 PM
Waymark Code: WM4148
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Leprechauns
Views: 56

Long Description:
Originally the monument was located in the middle of Chancery Square (now it is in Queen's Square) where trams and horse went all around it. Today the official Address is Queens Square, Sydney, Australia.

Queen Victoria (1819 -1901) was the longest reigning monarch of Britain (total of 63 years, seven months and two days), denying her son Edward VII the throne for nearly 65 years. Her other claim to fame was that during her rule the British Empire was in virtual peace, no wars or major conflicts. It became known as the 'Pax Britannica' or 'British Peace'. The love of her life was Prince Albert (whose statue nearby looks on at her). When he died the Queen took to wearing black and became somewhat of a recluse, very rarely venturing out from behind the walls of Windsor and earning the nickname the "Widow of Windsor". She blamed her son Edward VII for her husband's death because she believed he had contracted typhoid fever whilst sorting out one of Edward's playboy "messes" in Cambridge. His mother was quoted as saying "I never can, or shall, look at him without a shudder."

The statue is a copy of the colossal statue of Queen Victoria located at Windsor. The monument was commissioned to celebrate the Centenary of British Settlement in Australia. An estimated 50,000 people gathered at 'Chancery Square' for the unveiling of the statue.

There is an equestrian statue of her son Edward VII a little north of this location. A statue of her husband Prince Albert is across the street.

Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: Alexandrina Victoria

Country or Empire of Influence: United Kingdom

Website for additonal information: [Web Link]

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