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Photographic portrait of Princess Louise, looking to the right of camera

The captivating life and art of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s daughter

The Graphic. July 8th 1893. The Queen at the Unveiling of HRH Princess Louise's Statue of Her Majesty in Kensington Gardens, erected as a Jubilee Memorial by the inhabitants of Kensington. published 8 Jul 1893

RCIN 751232

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On 28 June 1893 Queen Victoria unveiled a sculpture of herself in Coronation Robes, in the gardens of Kensington Palace, which was erected to commemorate her Golden Jubilee. People are often unaware that the sculptor was indeed her daughter, Princess Louise. Despite her mother having initial reservations about her daughter’s career as a sculptor, she spoke fondly of the unveiling:

It is a great pleasure to me to be here on this occasion in my dear old Home, & to witness the unveiling of this fine statue so admirably designed & executed by my beloved Daughter … The statue stands beautifully with its back to the private garden of the Palace & facing the Round Pond.

Queen Victoria’s Journal, 28 June 1893

The statue still sits outside Kensington Palace, where Louise would spend her later years.