Photo Norman McBeath

A bronze bust of HM Queen Mother was commissioned in 1998 by the Friends of St Paul's Cathedral of which she was Patron, to mark her upcoming 100th birthday.

Seven sittings took place at her home, Clarence House, over the course of the ensuing year. The sculpture was modelled in plaster for ease of transport. Between sessions it required extra work in the Oxford studio without the sitter.

The resulting portrait sculpture was the last to be made of her from life. It is a little over life-size and displays the Queen Mother's resolute good humour as she approached her centenary.

The bronze bust was unveiled by HRH Princess Royal on 8th July 2000 at a special ceremony in front of a large congregation and is now on permanent display in the OBE Chapel in the cathedral crypt.

Queen Mother's sculpture unveiled