Queen Elizabeth II and her equestrian statues - a humble tribute to her whose family never apologized for colonial misrule in India

Equestrian  statue of Queen Elizabeth, Ottawa,Canada dreamstime.com

Accidentally ascended the throne after her father King George's VI death  in 1952 due to  inevitable turmoil  within the royal British family in the wake of abduction of  Edward VIII in December1936 Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully a few days ago - 8th September at Balmoral aged 96 became the UK's longest-serving of any female  monarch in world history. She overshot  her grandma Queen Victoria  and Empress of India  (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901; aged 81)  who died in January, 1901, whose reign  lasted 63 years and seven months till 1901. 

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Important event that took place in the Queens busy life included her coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012, respectively. She became the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee in 2017.

Queen Elizabeth' s reign lasted  70 long eventful years and 214 days that saw slow decline of conservatism in  British society.  Her chequared tenure  had begun with so many social and  political changes with in the UK and across the globe dominated by post-war austerity,  loss of India (imperial Milch cow),  slow disintegration of the British colonies culminating from  empire to Commonwealth, end of the Cold War and finally the exit of the  UK' from  the European Union. Beginning with  Winston Churchill, Conservative PM and baiter, who never wished India to be a free country,  she witnessed the entry and exit of  15 prime ministers, including the latest PM  Ms Truss,

Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926,  at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, she married  the prince taking the title of Duke of Edinburgh. Her son prince Charles is already proclaimed as the King of Britain. The queen was a graceful and affable woman and carried on her customary and traditional duties as the British queen  with dedication and commitments. She along with her husband travelled to many common wealth countries and mingled with people of varied cultures. 

Unlike her late husband Duke of Edinburgh  whose  occasional gaffes  garnered him a lot of criticism from the public over the years, Queen Elisabeth was very careful when facing the media or the public. When it comes to the British rule in India and their colonial atrocities, in particular, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919 and the great Bengal famine of the early 1940s, I wish the late queen had  apologized to India or at least said, ''I am sorry for the wrongs committed in the past.''  She was not part of  the colonial misrule and exploitation, but her predecessors were, including Queen Victoria to whom  the loot -Koh-i-noor diamond and the world famous largest Timur Ruby were handed over as gifts from Punjab by the looters - East India company.  Had she done it she would have won every heart of the people in the subcontinent. 



 Queen Elizabeth geckoandfly.com

Queen Elizabeth geckoandfly.com

Queen Elizabeth and her equestrian statues: 

Queen Elisabeth II  was  the only female monarch with three equestrian statues made when she was alive, two in Canada and one in the UK (only one in public place). All equestrian  statues of Queen Elizabeth II were done by sculptors of great repute.  


Queen Elizabeth II, WindsorEngland mapio.net

Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor, England   upload.wikimedia.org

This is the first public  statue of  the Queen in the UK.  Location: Windsor great park near Windsor, Berkshire  where the statue is 1.5 times life size. It is made of patinated bronze, which won't turn green. It is at the highest point of Queen Anne's Ride in the park  and  was commissioned by  the Crown Estate in honor of the queen's Golden Jubilee. Designed by sculptor Philip Jackson; dedication was in October 27  2003.  Elizabeth II is depicted as she would have looked like in the 1970s, while the horse is intentionally not modeled after any specific horse. It stands 12ft 6in tall on a 10 foot plinth.


Queen Elizabeth, Parliament hill, Ottawa, Canada

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Queen Elizabeth, Parliament hill, Canada.equestrianstatue.org

Located on the grounds of Parliament Hill the monument came up  to commemorate both Canada the 125th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, as well as the Ruby Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The statue was  temporarily relocated to the gates of Rideau Hall in 2019, in order to facilitate the decade-long renovations taking place on the Centre Block,1992 main building of the Parliament complex on the parliament hill, Ottawa, Ontario. Scottish sculptor Jack Harman (1927–2001) was a Canadian sculptor and the creator of some of Canada’s best-known public art, 

Equestrian statue Elizabeth II, Regina, Canada.Alamy.com .

Equestrian statue Elizabeth II, Regina, Canada. .cjme.com

Queen Elizabeth II, Regina  upload.wikimedia.org

Above images:  Located within the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens at the Wascana Centre, Regina, the statue was unveiled by the Queen herelf during her golden jubilee year. She was  the first sovereign to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee and she visited  Saskatchewan six times, most recently in 2005.  The horse that is portrayed in the statue is Burmese, a horse gifted to Elizabeth II by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Regina, Saskatchewan 2005.  Burmese was a horse born in Cypress Hills and had a statue cast in its honor in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina Sculptor: Susan Velder