Queen Victoria Statue - Kensington

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Queen Victoria Statue - Kensington

Queen Victoria Statue - Kensington
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
A fitting introduction to Kensington Palace
Aug 2020
This beautiful white marble statue designed by Princess Louise in 1893 is a fitting introduction to Kensington Palace as it represents her mother Queen Victoria when she was a young woman of 18 in her coronation robes in 1837. Queen Victoria was born in the Palace and lived here until the time when she became queen, and also escaped the control of her mother and Sir John Conroy. The rest, they say, is history.

The statue has an interesting setting surrounded by water and water plants, which gives a nice link to the other water features such as the Round Pond, the Italian Gardens, the Serpentine and Princess Diana's memorial. Water is a theme that quietly runs through Kensington Gardens.
Written August 2, 2020
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Malarchy
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo844 contributions
Perfectly Located Queen Victoria Statue
Feb 2020
The statue of Queen Victoria in from of Kensington Palace is one of the more prominent of sculptures dedicated to the life of one of Britain's most significant leaders. Although the backdrop of the palace is not the most attractive, it does definitively tie in with Victoria given it is her place of birth.

The location is perfect. Unlike many other statues in London, it is immediately obvious exactly why Victoria stands here. She looks out about 50 yards from her original home to survey the grounds that were once within her domain. She surveys the grounds directly across the Round Pond and is set back far enough that both the expanse can be observed and her own statue can easily be taken in from different angles and with the backdrop clearly within view.

The statue itself is in fairly good order. Unusually, it was designed within the subject's own lifetime. The 1893 sculpt has stood up pretty well to its nearly 130 year lifespan so far. What's fascinating is how very personal the statue is. This is not Victoria the grand conqueror, Empress, ruler of a third of the world. Instead, it is the young Victoria, close to the start of her long journey aged 18 at the time of her accession to the throne.

The marble work is pretty good. The features are not amazingly clear, in particular around the face, but the concepts are all well worth appreciating. The pose is highly regal but also literally outreaching and forward looking. The robes of State ripple. The intricate lace on the ties speaks to the elegance of the time.

Victoria sits on a fairly large, curved hexagonal plinth. It is a decently modern approach and much better than the traditional square or rectangle. The inscription in the black plaque is hard to read but points out the person and place, with the key reason for their link here.

The plinth itself is within a small watery area. This is a wise design choice as it keeps a little bit of distance between the sculpt and its admirers. It also adds the benefit of a watery feature which in turn offers a little more character to the overall effect. The stone paving around the base is a fine use of closely-linked colour to the statue itself to make it all feel part of the same idea.

There are few downsides to the sculpture aside from the lack of fine detail in the face. The backdrop is inevitably a little disappointing given Kensington Palace could never be considered beautiful.

Still, amidst many fine statues across London, Queen Victoria stands out for being so perfectly placed. This is the ideal location for her. The statue has been kept clean over the long years. The sculpt is in good order, the design is well thought-through, and the context it sits in is absolutely perfect.
Written March 11, 2020
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Gaurav C
New Delhi, India3,089 contributions
White Marble
Mar 2019
The white marble statue of queen victoria was erected in 1893 in the kensigton gardens..It was designed by her daughter ...It sits majestically at the entrance
Written February 4, 2020
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Laura R
87 contributions
Small Statue for an Important Women of History
Aug 2019
Kensington Palace is where Queen Victoria was born and is the palace in which she spent her younger years. The marble statue is located at the front of the public entrance to Kensington Palace surrounded by a small pond. Well worth a look if you are near the area.
Written September 30, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Huge
Sep 2019 • Solo
Huge statue in tribute to Queen Victoria located in Kensington Gardens outside Kensington Palace.

Designed by Queen Victoria’s daughter and located in the place where she was born.
Written September 24, 2019
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Nedelakttraveler
Salmon Arm, Canada655 contributions
This whole area was fun
Jul 2018
Quiet area, loved the QR codes that allow you to listen to descriptions of the times. Nice spot. No sightings of the Prince and Princes (this is near their residence). However, nice spot.
Written April 17, 2019
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PHE22
London, UK3,925 contributions
Small
Mar 2019 • Couples
A much smaller statue than most however it is a beautifully maintained and clean well made white statue.
Written March 25, 2019
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Steve-70
Townsville, Australia1,297 contributions
Beautifully Crafted and Maintained
Dec 2018 • Family
What a beautiful statue overlooking the Palace- a wonderful memorial to a Queen and a great photo op for the curious travellers,.
Written December 9, 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA35,711 contributions
A tribute to a Queen
Sep 2018 • Couples
This statue is a tribute to Queen Victoria. The statue is quite impressive and well worth a 15 minute stop while touring the area or to take a rest and view it.
Written September 30, 2018
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
Impressive
Jul 2018 • Couples
This large statue of Queen Victoria stands in front of Kensington Palace where she was born. The is gleaming white in the sunshine and you can view it in Kensington Gardens.
I would recommend a visit to Kensington Palace which has many exhibits from Queen Victoria's life.
Written July 31, 2018
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