Queen Elizabeth II

by Arnold Price
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    Arnold Price - Queen Elizabeth II - Click to view full size image


The original statue of Queen Elizabeth II was created in cement by local sculptor Peggy Walton Packard to commemorate the royal visit to Victoria in 1959. In 1960 the statue was stolen from City Hall as a university prank. Three days later it was recovered and eventually installed in Beacon Hill Park. A month later it was chipped by vandals then stolen again and later found at the bottom of the Inner Harbour.

The Daily Times commissioned a replacement bust made of bronze by Arnold Price. The completed bust was anchored at the southeast corner of Queen’s Lake on Circle Drive. On August 20, 2004, a few days after opening the XV Commonwealth Games at the University of Victoria, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Beacon Hill Park to view the bronze bust at Queen's Lake and to officially unveil a new plaque.

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