Aug 01, 2023
By Jane Brown
A statue of Queen Elizabeth II is coming to Queen’s Park.
After years of delays and her death at the age of 96 last September, a bronze statue of the Queen is going up at the legislature.
The artist is Ruth Abernathy, an Ontario resident, and the cost to taxpayers is $1.5-million.
It is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.
The original plan for a Queen Elizabeth statue was first considered 10 years ago when then Premier Kathleen Wynne agreed to give the statue a home.
A private fundraising effort fizzled and the COVID Pandemic happened, leaving the project in limbo with the statue in storage and the artist unpaid, until earlier this year when the governing Progressive Conservatives decided to commit the cash.
While the project began as a way to spotlight the monarchy and the role it plays, Abernathy says she doesn’t dwell on the royal family and its important to note this statue is a tribute to Queen Elizabeth.