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Queen unveils new statue of her mother

By Tony Jones

Published 28/10/2016

The Queen looks up at the statue of the Queen Mother which she unveiled in the town of Poundbury
The Queen looks up at the statue of the Queen Mother which she unveiled in the town of Poundbury
The statue of the Queen Mother unveiled in the town of Poundbury
The Duchess of Cornwall pulls a half pint of ‘The Duchess’ ale inside the Duchess of Cornwall pub

The Queen has set the seal on the Prince of Wales's Poundbury development by unveiling a statue of her mother at the heart of the building project.

Charles' classically inspired extension to the Dorset town of Dorchester has been criticised for harking back to an earlier architectural tradition, but it was praised yesterday as a "beacon to the way forward" by one of the professionals closely involved with it.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were joined by Charles and Camilla when they toured the newly completed Queen Mother Square at Poundbury.

Work began on the project in 1993 and the idea was to create an urban quarter of Dorchester which gave priority to people, rather than cars, and where commercial buildings were mixed with residential areas, shops and leisure facilities to create a walkable community.

Later, Camilla pulled a pint of "The Duchess" to open a Poundbury pub named ... The Duchess Of Cornwall. Propping up the bar was the heir to the throne who sampled one of the first glasses to be poured by his wife when a toast was held to "The Duchesses".

Camilla told the guests to laughter: "God bless all who drink in her."

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