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American Tour of London
American Tour of London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th July 1975 Piccadilly line extension from Hounslow West opened as far as Hatton Cross.go to related location

19th July 1947 Born today: Brian May, London, rock guitarist (Queen-We are the Champions)

19th July 1941 Winston Churchill launched V for Victory campaign.go to related location

19th July 1821 The Coronation of George IV in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

A gilded-gold Memorial



A gilded-gold Memorial

Since 1861, a testament to a great royal life

Location: Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, SW7

Description: Queen Victoria was born and raised at Kensington Palace, so when Prince Albert died of typhoid in 1861 she placed a memorial in the park. It stands on the south side of Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

'The Albert Memorial' was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1872 and measures 180-feet from tip to toe. The whole thing is gilded-gold and surrounded by 169 marble figures from history.

The Freize of Parnassus which runs around the base features famous poets, painters, sculptors, architects and composers. Above that are a group of virtues, angels and images representing the continents (Europe, America, Asia and Africa), and arts and industries (agriculture, commerce, engineering and manufacture).

The gold-leaf Prince was added three years after the unveiling. The original sculpture by Carlo Marochetti was turned down by Queen Victoria, and he was still working on the second when he died. The third was built by J H Foley, and completed by Thomas Brock in 1875.

Tagged in this Tour: The Doctor Whoish tour of London

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A gilded-gold Memorial

Since 1861, a testament to a great royal life


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