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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th September 1984 1st London performance of musical Stepping Out presented
25th September 1966 Actor Jason Flemyng was born in Putney, London.
25th September 1939 Conservative MP Leon Brittan was born in London.
25th September 1906 John Galsworthy's Silver Box, premieres in London
25th September 1888 The Royal Court Theatre in Kensington was opened.
25th September 1886 Comedy opera Dorothy, 1st produced in London
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.