A brand new statue of the late Queen Elizabeth has been unveiled on the Ontario legislature, marking the top of a years-long delay for the bronze sculpture.
It was designed and hand sculpted by artist Ruth Abernethy and depicts Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 on the throne within the Canadian Senate, delivering a speech on Canadian unity.
The statue was conceived as a privately backed venture to be unveiled in 2017, however fundraising efforts fell brief so the federal government allotted $1.5 million to get the statue put in.
Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell says she hopes individuals who see the statue will replicate on the queen’s outstanding lifetime of service.
Premier Doug Ford says the statue is each a tribute to the late queen and can function a permanent image of Canada and Ontario’s traditions, values and democracy.
The Queen Elizabeth statue joins a statue of Queen Victoria elsewhere on the grounds of the legislature, which is called Queen’s Park.