THE LOCATION of a statue in Andover to honour the late Queen Elizabeth II has been confirmed by Test Valley Borough Council.

The life-size bronze statue was created by local artist Amy Goodman and is part of a pair, with one statue to be displayed in Andover, whilst another will be displayed in Romsey.

The statue will depict the Queen in her later years, wearing her robe of state, with the ideas for the robe’s imagery gathered from a number of creative workshops held at Andover Nursing Home, Roman Way Primary School, Anton and Portway Junior Schools, Mark Way School, Pilgrims Cross School, and the Second Sunday’s market.

It has now been revealed that it will be placed at Town Mills Riverside Park.

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Amy Goodman said: “I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with local people, encouraging them to paint images they related with the Queen and her 70 years of service onto mini canvases.

“These were then used as inspiration for the designs on the statue’s robe of state, reflecting the relationship Her Majesty had with Test Valley and the 70 years of her reign. When displayed together they will create a vibrant exhibition."

The statue’s design features prominent moments of Her Majesty’s career such as the Queen riding Burmese at Trooping the Colour, Windsor Castle, and her Fell pony, Emma. Two of Her Majesty’s Corgis are inscribed, and flags representing the Commonwealth of Nations and the Union Jack, intertwine with the natural world, featuring an array of symbolic flowers and foliage synonymous with the Queen.

Local landmarks and events are also featured, such as the Land Forces HQ Andover building and Her Majesty’s visit to Andover in 1993, to international milestones in science.  To mark remembrance, poppies are included in the design, as well as the presence of the Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers standing guard.

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A series of quotes will also be inscribed next to the imagery, including the Queen’s 21st Birthday message of 1947 when she said: "I declare before you that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”

Cllr Terese Swain, Portfolio holder for Community and Leisure, said: “We were delighted with Amy’s designs and the way they have incorporated the ideas and memories of local people. Town Mills Riverside Park is a central, relaxed and well-used space where the public can enjoy the statue, as well as a site that fits with the wider regeneration plans for Andover.”