Portsmouth did not want a Queen Victoria statue in 1975

Portsmouth Planning Committee’s decision to restore the statue of Queen Victoria to the former Guildhall Square was made after the members were told that the city should honour the Victorian era.

Thursday, 25th April 2019, 4:32 pm
Updated Friday, 26th April 2019, 5:17 pm
Pictured is the statue being lifted into place in the square at Guildhall Square.

It was erected to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VII, the idea being that the monarch would appreciate the tribute to his mother.

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However the majority of Portsmouth did not want the statue.

As argument raged, celebrated sculptor Alfred Drury looked forward to the £1,000 9ft-high Queen being installed.