Queen to unveil new statue in Windsor

Queen to unveil new statue in Windsor

Francis Batt

Queen to unveil new statue in Windsor

Royal watchers are in for a treat on Monday as the Queen is joined by her husband and grandson to unveil a new statue of the famous Windsor Grey horses.

The bronze statue will stand on the Kings Road/Osborne Road roundabout - adjoining the Long Walk and at the heart of the main entrance route into the town.

The Queen will do the unveiling, watched by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William - now the Duke of Cambridge - who was patron of the fundraising appeal.

The statue will be in the likeness of Daniel and Storm, two of the Queen's Windsor Greys stabled in the Royal Mews who regularly draw her carriages at events ranging from Trooping the Colour to Ascot.

It marks last year's diamond anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation and its completion is a dream come true for 76-year-old Queens Road resident Rosemary Ussher, one of the four trustees who oversaw the campaign to raise the £200,000 needed.

The project was nearly wrecked two years ago when Rosemary's friend, sculptor Althea Wynne, died in a car accident with her husband before she could begin work.

Rosemary said then: "It has made us determined to carry on with the statue in Althea's memory."

Sculptor Robert Rattray took up the challenge and this week Rosemary said: "What he has done is absolutely wonderful. I went to the foundry to see his work being cast in bronze.

"Althea would have thoroughly approved of him as she was a great supporter of younger sculptors and he would have been after her own heart."

Supporters must wait till Monday to see the finished work in its bronze glory.

But Rosemary said: "People who would like a preview they can log onto the Windsor Greys Jubilee appeal website to see a 'time lapse' series of photographs, showing how a block of plaster was turned into a finished sculpture of the horses ready to be cast."

The other three trustees of the statue appeal are vice-president of Windsor Equestrian Club Sally Merrick, solicitor Guy Barlow and long-term Windsor resident Judy Anderson.

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