Queen Alexandra Memorial and the Mall
The memorial is found between Green Park and St James’ Park in London. There are two reasons why I want to show you this place. Firstly, the queen came from our royal family in Denmark and secondly she was loved as a British queen. Her father was called the father in law of Europe as many of his children became royalties. Queen Alex’ sister Dagmar, Maria Fedorova was married to a tsar and later flew for her life in the Bolshevik revolution. A brother became king in Greece and another brother the King of Denmark. Her childhood was special. She and her many siblings learnt to make their own clothes and were forced on long walks every day. They excelled in different kinds of gymnastics. Her father was of royal ancestry but didn’t know that he was chosen to be a king until Alexandra was twelve years old. The children were brought up in modesty and discipline.
Once Alexandra (1844-1925) became the princess of Wales in England she did a lot of charity for poor and sick people.
I like the style of the monument. It’s the last work of sculptor Alfred Gilbert from 1932. The queen died in 1925. The artistic style is the Art Nouveau and symbolism. I understand that it shows her journey from her youth to become a queen and she is accompanied by Truth, Love and Hope. In this memorial, I see genuine grief expressed. There used to be a fountain in the wall memorial.
Very close to the is the monument for fallen Guardsmen during both WWI and WWII.