Today (9 August) is National Women’s Day here in South Africa. I checked my photos for something relevant and decided to feature the Queen Victoria Statue in front of the Public Library in Port Elizabeth. It kinda links in with the post I did the other day on the Queen Victoria Profile in the Gamtoos Valley.
Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the Queen regnant of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. At 63 years and 7 months, her reign as the Queen lasted longer than that of any other British monarch, and is the longest of any female monarch in history. Her reign is known as the Victorian era and as South Africa, known in those days as the Cape Colony, was a British colony, a lot of its development took place under her reign.
The Queen Victoria Statue was erected and unveiled in 1903 to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee which took place in 1897. The statue is made of Sicilian marble and takes pride of place in front of the historic Public Library building next to Market Square. The spot was chosen as she would look down what used to be Jetty Street towards the landing beach and welcome people into the town.