For the first time since 1951, the Queen will attend the Cheltenham Festival to unveil a bronze statue of the Queen Mother at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Queen will uncover the head of her mother on Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Thursday 19 March.

The statue is a head study in bronze by the sculptor Angela Conner and will be unveiled in the winners’ enclosure before racing and will be displayed permanently in a location close to the Royal Box.

Cheltenham’s Managing Director, Edward Gillespie, said: “Following the death of the Queen Mother in April, we invited people to suggest how best they would like Cheltenham to remember her.”

Far and away the most popular idea was for there to be a statue and we are enormously grateful to the Duke of Devonshire for allowing Angela Conner to work on this project.”

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