Queen Elizabeth II gets 23rd wax figure
The new Queen Elizabeth II figure, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Philip, is at Madame Tussauds in London.
May 15th, 2012
02:09 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II gets 23rd wax figure

Anyone wanting to wish Queen Elizabeth II a happy Diamond Jubilee can do so in person, at least to the newest wax model of the British monarch at Madame Tussauds in London.

The 23rd and latest lifelike model of the queen - Madame Tussauds has made more wax figures of her than of anyone else, by far - was released to honor her 60th year on the throne. Replicating the official jubilee portrait photograph, the figure wears a re-created white and silver lace dress covered in 53,000 Swarovski crystals and a blue silk sash.

"Our guests come from all over the world, and she is the most photographed wax figure. She is the person that people come and see," Madame Tussauds spokeswoman Liz Edwards told Reuters.

The queen's model, one of a few hundred depictions of famous people on display at the London attraction, stands center stage in the royal area, flanked by models of her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; her eldest grandson, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge; and William's wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Fans of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry need not despair - though their figures are not on the stage, they're still in the royal area. (Charles' figure is from 2007. No word on any plans to put his next one in front of a weather monitor.)

Like other Madame Tussauds figures, the queen's new model took four months, about £150,000 (about $240,000), real human hair and about 20 artists to make. Models typically are made after the real person sits for measurements. The principal sculptor of Elizabeth's new model, Steve Swales, attended a sitting with the queen 11 years ago.

"It is extremely exciting to create a wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II and understandably rather nerve-racking, too," Swales said in a Madame Tussauds news release. "Meeting the queen at our last sitting was an invaluable help in creating this figure. She was very relaxed and warm and I’ve tried to portray that, whilst maintaining a sense of majesty.

"Her expression is soft, as if she is just about to break into a smile. I hope she approves of the end result.”

The queen's first Madame Tussauds figure was made when she was 2. Michael Jackson (13 figures) and Lady Gaga (12 models) come the closest to Elizabeth's 23.

"We’ve constantly updated her to ensure she is looking her best throughout the ages," Edwards told CNN.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. tibbar

    famous men that is.

    May 16, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. mb2010a

    I just hope she outlives Prince Charles...

    May 16, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. tibbar

    the men that claim they are well endowed should have wax figures

    May 16, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. zeb

    You rock, Queen. May you rock and rule forever.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    I met her in London in 1952. She was a beautiful young lady. She is now a gracious elderly lady. She was always my "secret love"...she never knew. Great lady.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. SCOTO

    More class and dignity than the entire US congress and UK governments combined.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. supsup

    William isn't her eldest grandson. Peter Phillips is.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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