On November 9 2022, King Charles III and the Queen Consort were invited to the York Minster Cathedral for the unveiling and blessing of Her Late Majesty’s new statue.
The 2-metre tall sculpture was designed and carved by Minster stonemason, Richard Bossons; it was intended to mark the late monarch’s Platinum Jubilee and was completed in August 2022, to have been unveiled in September 2022.
The statue portrays the late queen holding an orb and sceptre while wearing her Garter robes and the George IV state crown, a design that was chosen by the late queen herself.
The statue stands in an alcove on the west front of York Minster Cathedral.
In a speech given by King Charles III, he said, “The creation of this statue is also, if I may say so, a tribute to the support, affection and prayers that the community of the cathedral, and of this great city, always gave the late Queen, and all for which she stood in the life of the nation and the Commonwealth.”
“The symbolism of the statue, combining the signs of Church and of State, is perfectly suited to its place on the West Front of this glorious building. It is a testament to the Minster’s enduring mission of showing God’s love and presence to all.”
Watch: King Charles III unveils the York Minster’s statue of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth:
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