Edward VII Memorial Statue

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Edward VII Memorial Statue
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Neighbourhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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  • Piccadilly Circus • 5 min walk
  • Charing Cross • 5 min walk
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Ian C
London, UK23,969 contributions
At the centre of a celebration of British heroes
Feb. 2020
This impressive statue was unveiled in 1921 and was funded by public subscriptions collected before the First World War which also contributed towards a public park in the east end of London.

King Edward VII was a popular king, ruling only from 1901 until 1910 due to the long life of his mother Queen Victoria. During his time as Prince of Wales he had a reputation as a playboy and he also had several mistresses, but he did much to modernise the monarchy, was a patron of arts and sciences and was a popular monarch. There are several statues to him in other cities across the country.

The statue stands at the centre of Waterloo Place, with the backcloth of early 19th century neo-classical buildings built on the site of the former Carlton House and the column of the Duke of York behind him. It is worth taking time to explore Waterloo Place as there are several statues here facing in towards the King, including to the explorers Robert Falcon Scott and John Franklin, along with several military leaders, the most modern being Sir Keith Park who died in 1975 and there is a fine memorial as you leave Waterloo Place and enter Lower Regent Street. There is also a block placed at the request of the Duke of Wellington in order to aid mounting your horse, a fascinating piece of history. .

Many people rush past this piece of history, but do take your time and enjoy it
Written 10 February 2020
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,528 contributions
Equestrian Bronze
Jan. 2020 • Solo
Excellent statute that stands tall In Waterloo Place. I believe it’s about 3 meters tall and it’s prominent!
Written 31 January 2020
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futtock21
London, UK10,963 contributions
In place of a massive monument
Sep. 2019 • Solo
The equestrian statue of King Edward VII (1901-10) was sculpted by the Australian-born Bertram McKennall between 1912-21 after his plans for a massive monument were rejected. It sits at the southern end of Waterloo Place the last part of a triumphal route to be completed in the 1820s connecting Pall Mall with Regent’s Park.
Written 19 September 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Equestrian
Sep. 2019 • Solo
The Equestrian Edward VII Memorial Statue can be found in London in Waterloo Place, near the Duke of York Column.

A plaque on the base bears the inscription, "Edward VII, Rex Imperator, 1901 - 1910”.

Edward was a particularly flamboyant character and was known, before he became King, as ‘the playboy prince’. This infuriated his mother, Queen Victoria, who largely kept him out of political affairs.

The statue does not represent his flamboyant nature but it’s design is in keeping with many other statues around the city of London.
Written 10 September 2019
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,537 contributions
Good memorial
Aug. 2019
The Edward VII Memorial Statue is good and worth seeing but its easily overshadowed by the Crimean Memorial only a few metres away, but still worth seeing.
Written 12 August 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Decent statue, rather bland pedestal
Jul. 2019 • Solo
Considering how flamboyant a character Edward VII was in life, his memorial statue is one of the plainest you will find in London. The statue is quite detailed, particularly the saddle and stirrups and has the horse in motion with one leg raised. Edward looks impressive in his Field Marshall’s uniform. But it’s mounted on a massive light stone pedestal with almost no details apart from two quite badly weathered coats of arms and a simple inscription of his name without even reference to his status as King of England.
Written 20 July 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK146,617 contributions
Edward the Peacemaker
Mar. 2019 • Solo
This memorial commemorates King Edward VII of United Kingdom, the great-grandfather of the current British Monarch, Elizabeth II. While he did not reign for long, he was a highly skilled diplomat and earned the nickname “Edward the Peacemaker.”.

The equestrian statue is cast from bronze and depicts the king wearing his Field Marshal uniform. The horse has its front left leg raised. Excellent detail in the saddle, stirrups and associated "leather work". The statue stands prominently on Waterloo place, standing at over 3 Metres high on top of the magnificent stone pedestal.
Written 3 March 2019
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