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A tribute to the Queen Mother

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Image: BBC

The new statue, which has just been unveiled, and stands close to the statue of George VI, her husband, shows the Queen Mother at 51. She is flanked by two bronze reliefs which depict her during the Second World War.

The Royal Family defied Foreign Office advice and remained in London during the Nazi German Blitz. The centrepiece depicts the Queen holding her hand out to a child as she and the king meet families made homeless by bombing raids.

Even the bombing of Buckingham Palace did not dissuade her from staying in the capital. She famously said at the time: "I'm glad we've been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face."

Sculptor Philip Jackson created the statue. Of course she is wearing a jaunty hat (customarily worn with her Garter robes).

Like so many others, I was very fond of the Queen Mother. I liked her spirit, her smiles, her enjoyment of life. And I knew I could always depend on her patriotism.

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