Bronze engraving of the Queen to be unveiled by Prince Edward

29th January 2013 - Fine Cut

The Earl of Wessex is to unveil a new bronze-engraved portrait of his mother, the Queen, in Winchester today (29 January), hampshirechronicle.co.uk reports.

Prince Edward will be in Hampshire to view the huge portrait, which was commissioned by Dame Mary Fagan, Hampshire's Lord-Lieutenant, to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Permission had to be sought from Buckingham Palace before the piece could go ahead.

Created by local sculptor Vivien Mallock, the portrait - which is six feet in diameter - depicts the Queen's head framed by the Hampshire Rose emblem, according to dailyecho.co.uk. With great detail put into the Queen's tiara, hair and necklace, Ms Mallock's precision engraving skills are clearly demonstrated.

The portrait will hang in Winchester's Great Hall and was funded from a combination of public donations plus contributions from Hampshire City Council. The Great Hall is also home to another famous item: the Round Table, which is said to be the very one at which King Arthur and his knights gathered. 

Ms Mallock, from nearby Andover, has created many other masterpieces up and down the country, some of which have celebrated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's ascension to the throne. One such piece was a Golden Jubilee sculpture at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, which the Queen unveiled herself.

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