Thursday, December 24, 2009

Queen Victoria On One Pedestal, Off Another

Two recent (and extremely amusing) sightings of Queen Victoria.

First, queen re-enactor Sylvia Strange of Shropshire spent an hour on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London in October as part of the sculptor Antony Gormley's weird and wonderful One and Only public art project (above). Watch here as the queen mounts the plinth via cherry picker, denies an inappropriate relationship with John Brown, and knits balaclavas for British soldiers fighting in the Crimea; read more here. I previously wrote on Mrs. Strange here.

More recently, an East Enders villain met his end after being whacked in the head with a heavy golden bust of Queen Victoria in the Albert Square pub named for her (above). Archie Miller was killed off in the Christmas Day special of the BBC1 soap. Read more here.


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