06:07AM, Monday 31 March 2014
A beautiful pair of Windor Grey horses unveiled by the Queen today will proudly welcome visitors driving in and out of Windsor from now on.
The bronze horses were created by sculptor Robert Rattray in the image of Daniel and Storm, two horses who draw the Queen's carriages.
It took him more than a year to create the statue to commemorate the Queen's diamond jubilee and a 400-strong crowd watched as she unveiled it in the middle of the massive Kings Road/Osborne Road roundabout.
The Queen's grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, who was patron of the fundraising appeal that raised the £200,000 needed for the statue, joined his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh to watch the unveiling.
The Queen studied the statue closely and spoke to the sculptor for several minutes as they stood on the roundabout.
Afterwards a proud Mr Rattray said: "We talked about how the statue was created. It had to be done in segments and she was interested in the technical side of it all. I was determined to capture the character of each horse."
Earlier Rosemary Ussher, the 76-year-old Windsor woman who initiated the project, welcomed the royal visitors into nearby Brigidine School and thanked the Duke of Cambridge for his support.
Her grandson George, 13, presented the Duke with a special book about the statue.
See more photos in this week's Express.
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