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As part of the celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Victoria drove through London on 22 June 1897 with the purpose of seeing her people and receiving their congratulations. In this depiction of the scene Queen Victoria can be seen in an open State la

Marking significant anniversaries in a monarch's reign

John Thorp

Owl 2002

RCIN 200091

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Gilt model of an owl perched on a square plinth and mounted on a wood stand. The owl represents the bird that features in the coat of arms for the City of Leeds.

To celebrate the Millennium, the city commissioned four large gilded models of owls to stands on plinths outside Leeds Civic Hall. These were designed by the City Architect, John Thorp. These original owls are nearly three metres tall; this smaller version was presented during The Queen's Golden Jubilee visit to Leeds.
  • Presented to Queen Elizabeth II on a visit to Leeds 11 July 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee 2002 celebrations