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We are not amused, but at least we are clean... Queen Victoria statue given much needed wipe-down

The sculpture, which has stood outside Kensington Palace for over 100 years, is undergoing a much-needed three-week deep clean

Years of dirt, air pollutants and bird droppings have taken its toll on the marble sculpture(Image: Historic Royal Palaces)

Queen Victoria is being given a much-needed deep clean - or at least her statue is anyway.

The famous marble sculpture which greets visitors to Kensington Palace , her childhood home, is undergoing a thorough three-week wash which will see it restored to its refulgent best.

The statue was designed and carved by the Queen’s fourth daughter Princess Louise, a talented artist, and commissioned in 1887 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. It bears a close likeness to the coronation portrait painted by Sir George Hayter in 1837, and has stood on its spot outside the palace since it was first unveiled by Queen Victoria herself on June 28 1893.

Kensington Palace was the childhood home of Queen Victoria, and she unveiled this statue on the grounds in 1893(Image: Historic Royal Palaces)

The cleaning project is being undertaken by specialist stone conservation company Taylor Pearce and will see the removal of surface dust, grime, algae, bird droppings and pollution deposits from the statue.

The Portland stone pedestal and paving are also being steam cleaned and the bronze plaque will be washed, waxed and buffed.

Once cleaning is complete, a lime-based shelter coat will be applied to the vulnerable marble surface to protect it from weather and pollution.

Conservators(l-r) Lou Ashon and Kirsten Walsh cleaning the statue of Queen Victoria outside Kensington Palace. (Pic: Historic Royal Palaces)(Image: Historic Royal Palaces)

The statue was nearly destroyed during the Second World War when a German bomb blew off the tip of Queen Victoria’s nose. This was replaced in 1952 for the accession of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

In August the annual Queen Caroline's Garden Party was held at the palace

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