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Statue of HM The Queen at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

In May 2021 I was invited to visit the studio of Caroline Wallace, the equine sculptor, based in the Cotswolds. Caroline had been commissioned by the Sandhurst Trust to create a life-size statue of HM The Queen, in the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards and mounted on Burmese, the horse many will remember from the Queen’s Birthday Parades of the early 1980s.

We spent time examining an example of our State Saddlery, comprising bridle, gold lace headstall and rein, breastplate and saddlecloth, which had been presented to the Regiment in 1851 by The Duke of Wellington, our 15th Colonel. This is still in use today and it was important to get it copied exactly.

On completion the statue was unveiled at Sandhurst in the Platinum Jubilee year, to celebrate Her Majesty’s close association with the Academy. It is now in place, sited on the approach road that runs between Old College and the Library, beside the garden fence for Lake House. It looks magnificent. The statue is a fitting tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, emphasizing her particularly strong connection with the Household Division.

James Gatehouse



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