King Charles III unveils the first posthumous statue of Queen Elizabeth II

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King Charles III unveiled the first statue of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, since her death in September.

The new sculpture in the English city of York was unveiled on Wednesday (9). It stands outside York Minster, Britain’s largest Gothic cathedral, and pays homage to the monarch’s life of service and dedication.

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“When this statue was first planned five years ago, during a reign of unprecedented length and achievement, it was intended to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,” the king said in his speech at the unveiling ceremony, a protégé. under an umbrella.

“Now, as we witness with great sadness the end of that reign, the work is revealed in his memory as a tribute to a life of extraordinary service and devotion,” he continued.

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“The late queen was always attentive to the welfare of her people. Now, her image will stand over the future Queen Elizabeth Square for centuries to come,” she added, before pulling back the purple cloth that covered the towering statue. The work overlooks New York’s public square from above one of the cathedral’s entrances.

Prior to the revelation, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell described the “unique occasion” as an “immensely sorry moment” honoring “the long life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to her people, her nation and the Commonwealth.” ”. The queen died aged 96 on 8 September, just months after celebrating seven decades on the throne.

Its commemorative statue, which was designed and sculpted by Richard Bossons, the cathedral’s sculptor, is about two meters tall and weighs about 1.8 tons.

The French limestone carving shows the queen wearing the garter uniform, crowned with the diadem from the estate of George IV, and holding the sphere and scepter, symbols of his role as head of church and state.

“She will stand proudly and resolutely in her niche, welcoming both churchgoers and visitors,” Bossons said in a statement.

tumultuous arrival

On Wednesday morning, a 23-year-old man was arrested “on suspicion of a public order offense” after eggs were thrown in the direction of the king and queen consort during their visit to York, according to the report. North Yorkshire Police.

None of the eggs reached the monarch, who went ahead with the agenda, meeting with members of the local community.

The man was questioned and released on bail.

Max Foster, Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Eve Brennan and Chris Liakos of CNN contributed to this report

Source: CNN Brasil

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