A bronze statue of the Queen Mother is to be unveiled at Cheltenham Racecourse by Her Majesty the Queen on Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Thursday, March 13. The statue is a head study by the world-renowned sculptor Angela Conner, commissioned by her patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The statue will be unveiled in the winners' enclosure before racing and will be displayed permanently in a location close to the Royal Box.The Queen Mother regularly attended the Cheltenham Festival, which hosts the race named in her honor, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, on the Wednesday of the meeting. It was announced last week that the Queen will be attending the Cheltenham Festival this year for the first time since 1951.
Making this announcement, Cheltenham's managing director, Edward Gillespie, said: "Following the death of the Queen Mother in April, we invited people to suggest how best they would like Cheltenham to remember her. Far and away the most popular idea was for there to be a statue and we are enormously grateful to the Duke of Devonshire for allowing Angela Conner to work on this project. Anyone who has visited Chatsworth, home of the Duke, will be aware of her wonderful talent and it is a great honor for Cheltenham to be able to display this bronze. We shall be paying tribute to the Queen Mother in many ways on the Wednesday and look forward to welcoming Her Majesty the Queen to unveil the statue on the Thursday."