The British Royal Family Assembles To Unveil Queen Mother Memorial

  February 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm by

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HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and nearly all of the members of the British royal family turned out on the Mall today to unveil the new memorial statue of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The statue, which depicts The Queen Mum wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, was placed just below the memorial statue to her late husband, King George VI.

Two bronze friezes were also unveiled, showing The Queen Mother on a walkabout following the London bombings of World War II and attending one of her favorite events of the year, Royal Ascot.

HRH The Prince of Wales delivered a speech in tribute to his beloved grandmother during the unveiling ceremony.  He was accompanied to the event by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and his two sons, HRH Prince William of Wales and HRH Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales.

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Other senior royals attending included HRH The Duke of York and his daughters, HRH Princess Beatrice of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York, HRH The Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent.  The appearance of The Duchess of Kent was a welcome surprise, as she has avoided the public spotlight in recent years.

The event was also a chance for royal watchers to catch a glimps of some less-often seen royal family members, including the children of the late HRH The Princess Margaret, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto. Lady Helen Taylor, daughter of The Duke of Kent, attended with her husband, Timothy, and Lady Nicholas Windsor, wife of Lady Helen’s brother Lord Nicholas, was also photographed arriving with the family.

To read more about The Queen Mother’s memorial statue, please visit this thread.

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