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Statue of Queen Elizabeth II unveiled by King Charles III in York Minster

by Sophie Drew

The first statue of Queen Elizabeth II installed since her death has been unveiled by King Charles.

The sculpture stands on the west front of York Minster where, according to her son, she will "watch over" a nearby area soon to be named "Queen Elizabeth Square". 

As part of the York Minster Neighbourhood Plan, the area will be turned into a "pre-eminent public space". 

In the statue, the late Queen is dressed in Garter robes, holding replicas of the orb and sceptre she held at her coronation. 

The items - which represent both the monarch's power, and the power of God - would then be placed on her coffin ahead of her funeral, before being passed on to King Charles next year. 

The likeness which stands 6ft 7in tall, was initially designed to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in August. It was intended to be unveiled in September, but was postponed due to the passing of the Monarch. 

The King was in Yorkshire with the Queen Consort as part of a two-day visit to the area. Following a service in York Minster, he was presented with a maquette of the statue to keep.

During the ceremony the King said: "The late Queen was always vigilant for the welfare of her people during her life.

"Now her image will watch over what will become Queen Elizabeth Square for centuries to come."

A man has been detained by police after appearing to throw eggs at the King and Queen Consort during an unscheduled walkabout at Micklegate Bar, in York.

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