Rutland’s Memorial Statue of Queen Elizabeth II

Rutland’s bronze memorial to the late Queen Elizabeth II will be the first in the country to be unveiled, at 2pm on 21st April 2024 in the garden adjacent to Oakham Library.

The sculptor Hywel Pratley working on the clay model, surrounded by images of the late Queen

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please bring the whole family; from 12 noon to 4pm there will be food stalls and a mini-funfair in nearby Oakham Market place. For those needing overnight accommodation a special offer has been negotiated; please see below.

The Rutland statue of our late queen, HM Queen Elizabeth II, is the first to be commissioned since her death. It will be officially unveiled on what would have been her birthday as a fitting tribute to Britain’s longest reigning and possibly greatest monarch.

It was created in response to the depth of loss felt in Rutland on the late Queen’s death. Due to the incredibly generous donations from local people (95% of the cost was raised as gifts from many individuals and some businesses), sufficient funds were available for our Lord Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness to be able to commission a full-figure statue, showing her in her prime.

Sculptor Hywel Pratley, a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and Society of Portrait Sculptors, was selected as the sculptor and has done a magnificent job using a local foundry.

Casting the molten bronze

The monument will include three models of corgis, the late Queen’s favourite dogs. Two will be at the base of the plinth, so they will be available for children to pat! It is anticipated that the unveiling will be attended by members of the UK Corgi Club, with some of their dogs.

There will be two bronze corgis on the statue’s plinth. These are the clay models.

Accommodation:

The nearby Wisteria Hotel has said that they will off a special rate for Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st as stated below.

  1. Our Cozy Single Rooms (with small 4-foot-wide double bed) on our Bed and Breakfast Rate at £77.50. Or:
  1. Our Comfy King or Twin Rooms on our Bed and Breakfast Rate at £15 off our online selling rate from our website

In order to take advantage of this rate bookings must be made over the phone by calling the hotel on 01572 722844 and quoting the ‘Queen Elizabeth Rate’ when booking. Please note this offer is only valid on Sunday, the 21st of April.

Media note:

We would be delighted to work with you to tell the story of this memorial to the late Queen from its commissioning by Dr Sarah Furness, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, to its design, creation and installation, and finally its unveiling on April 21st 2024.

We believe this story will be of national interest. On the day there will be a designated press area on site for interviews and photographs with the Lord Lieutenant, the sculptor Hywel Pratley, other dignitaries and Corgi owners with their dogs.

If you would like to discuss how we might work together, and to receive a press release in early April along with other media assets, please contact Dr Sandra McCune at drsandramccune@gmail.com  Tel: 07554-740370(m).