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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
The Queen Anne Statue
Queen Anne is rudely remembered for her size at death.
Location: Ludgate Hill, EC4M
Description: This remarkable Grade 2 listed statue of Queen Anne (1665-1714) depicts the ruling monarch at the time of the Cathedral's completion in 1710. It's a replica from 1886 by Richard Belt which replaced the original dilapidated version sculpted by Francis Bird in 1712.
The ladies around the base of the statue represent England, France, Ireland and North America, all of whom Anne considered herself to be queen of. Note the Royal Coat of Arms of the time are quartered with the French Fleur-di-Lis as well as the Irish Harp and English Lions.
The original Carrara marble statue of Anne and four ladies-in-waiting was given to Augustus Hare, a writer of travel guides to London and Rome who had paid for Belt's version. He moved it to his home in Holmhurst St Mary, Sussex.
Queen Anne was notorious for the size of her coffin which was almost square due to her size.