First ever statue of seated Queen Elizabeth II approved for St Andrew’s Gardens
PUBLISHED: 17:01 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:41 08 September 2017
The artist behind the statue also created the Pujji statue inside the gardens
The wait has begun to unveil an historic statue of Queen Elizabeth II in Gravesend after its final approval was given last night.
Planning councillors met on Wednesday to decide on a location for the commemorative bronze statue of Britain’s longest reigning monarch in St Andrew’s Gardens.
The £200,000 statue, thought to be the first of Her Majesty sitting down, will be positioned in the southern part of a triangular shaped area of grass which is bordered by two of the garden’s stone paths and by Crooked Lane to the front.
Facing onto Crooked Lane, the artist behind the statue, Douglas Jennings, previously sculpted the award-winning statue of Second World War squadron leader, Mahinder Singh Pujji, which also stands in the gardens near Gravesend’s riverside.
Councillor John Burden sat on the planning committee, and said the piece was being scuplted by a “renowned” artist.
He said: “We’re very lucky to have Mr Jennings creating the piece, so far I’ve only seen details but I really can’t wait to see it unveilved.
“It’s great to see another statue coming to the town as it means more public art on display, we already have statues of Pujji and Pocahontas, as well as two of Queen Victoria.
“There aren’t too many statues of Queen Elizabeth II so this will be an important landmark in the town.”
Once complete, the statue, which will be placed on top of a stepped plinth, will stand at around 6ft 6ins, more than a foot taller than Her Majesty.
Images of the statue have been kept tightly under wraps, with a date for an expected grand unveiling expected in the autumn.