Edinburgh's oldest statue removed for conservation work

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Edinburgh's oldest statue has been removed from its plinth in Parliament Square for conservation work.

Cracks have appeared on the 325-year-old Charles II, thought to be the work of the Dutch sculptor Grinling Gibbons.

The monument, which is made of lead, depicts the King of England, Scotland and Ireland as a Roman general.

The lead will be cleaned and missing parts like the sword and scabbard will be replaced, modelled on a similar statue at Windsor Castle.

The work is needed because the statue's internal framework, which is made from oak and mild steel, has deteriorated over time, causing cracks....

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