The Queen Mother and all her passions unveiled

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IT IS the Queen Mother as she is most fondly remembered. At the races, sitting with her corgis in the garden and, most poignantly, looking the East End in the eye during the London blitz.

The scenes in bronze relief accompany a 9 and a half foot statue of the Queen Mother, seen here for the first time, resplendent in her Order of the Garter robes and with a faint smile.

The memorial, which has been kept secret, will be unveiled by the Queen on Tuesday. It stands in front of – and below – a statue of King George VI, her late husband, off the Mall in central London, a quarter of a mile from her former home at Clarence House.

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