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Queen Victoria at Imperial College Queen Victoria at Imperial College

Statue: Queen Victoria at Imperial College

Erection date: 9/7/2007


{On the granite 'floor' on which she stands:}
Unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen to mark the Centenary of Imperial College London, 9 July 2007.

{On the marble base of the statue, to the left:}
J. E. Boehm

Site: Queen Victoria at Imperial College (1 memorial)

SW7, Exhibition Road, Imperial College main entrance

Victoria and Albert have a long-standing association with Imperial College due to it being in an area designated for cultural and scientific advancement at the time of the Great Exhibition. As evidenced by the college mascots being furry lions named Vicky and Al.

Imperial College gives this history of the statue: It was commissioned by the University of London for the 1887 Golden Jubilee. At the time their offices were in the Imperial Institute so that is where the statue lived, until they moved out to the purpose-built Senate House in the 1930s, leaving the statue behind, giving it to Imperial College whose campus occupied the nearby buildings.

The statue remained outside the Institute, flanked by 2 lions, until the Institute was demolished in the 1960s, when the statue was moved to the inside of the Queen’s Tower (the only remaining part of the Institute). It was moved to its present location in 2006, when the new building was opened.

The statue used to have a crown but this went missing sometime between 1968 and 2006. Wonder if students had anything to do with this?

2022: we came across a print showing this statue in Burlington House at an imposing turn on a staircase, captioned "Jubilee of the University of London, New Statue of the Queen at Burlington House, recently unveiled by HRH the Prince of Wales. Illustration for The Graphic, 18 May 1889". The University's birth and Queen Victoria's reign were only a year apart so they effectively shared jubilees.

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Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria

The fiftieth anniversary of the accession of Queen Victoria was celebrated on...

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Imperial College

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is an independent consti...

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Queen Victoria

Reigned: 1837-1901, 64 years. Born Kensington Palace. Daughter of Edward, Duk...

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Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm

Born Vienna, educated England, granted English citizenship 1865. Sculptor in ...

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Queen Elizabeth II

Born 17 Bruton Street, to the Duke and Duchess of York. When she was 10 her f...

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