Sunday, February 25, 2007

Queen Elizabeth II

This post is somewhat about Queen Elizabeth II. Well, its actually about her statue. This statue of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled by the then governor of Queensland, Sir Walter Campbell, on the 5th September, 1986. It was done at the official naming of the associated area known as Queen's Place, at the intersection of Alice and George Street. It was cast by the Adelaide Art Foundry in 1984.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy and part of the Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II has been the reigning monarch since 6 February 1952. The Queen's role in Australia is almost entirely symbolic and cultural, and the powers that are constitutionally hers are exercised wholly upon the advice of the elected government. That said, the symbolic and cultural influence yielded is quite strong, as evidenced by her representation in many Australian cities in this type of manner.

The Queen amazes me. Of all the worldly monarchs, she holds a certain place in most Australian's hearts, regardless of their republican or monarchy leanings. In 1984, when the statue was cast, the Queen would have been in her late 50's. I'm not sure if this depiction was meant to be of her in a younger representation, however, they have certainly captured the regal way in which the Queen holds herself. To me, the uplifted head, and almost model-like pose show a woman full of confidence and strident in her beliefs. Long live the Queen!

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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h&b said...

Nice statue.

I am keen to se the new movie, although I think Helen Mirren looks more like Maggie Thatcher in it, from the shorts I have seen ! :)

Jodi said...

Wow. So, you are a territory of England's? I didn't know that! Long live the Queen indeed.