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. BOMBO ©

    They should have a wax figure of the Toxic Avenger.

    May 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toxie

      You fat slob. Let's see if you've got any guts.

      May 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Toxic Avenger

    No ticky, no washy.

    May 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    What does one say to a topic like this?
    Comgratulations?

    May 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    now there's someone who lights her candle at both ends.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    Do they allow cigarette lighters inside the museum?

    May 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • justathought

      Obviously you have never been to a wax museum, (or any other museum for that matter): NO SMOKING! Of course you said “cigarette lighters”, keep them in your pocket or purse.

      May 16, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    I wonder how far down the life-like artwork goes. A nudist wax museum, now that would be something.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      Plenty of pegs to hang your coat.

      May 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

    Prince Philip is way off!

    May 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Welled

    There the old bag is. The biggest usuor to ever hit the planet with her 58 commonwealth countries. How many countries does this lady have in debt bondage not to mention the 2 key votes on the Federal Reserve. When she whistles the doggie better attack or no more. Get your old fat face out of Afganistan. You and your what me worry? son and your little in debt mine workers. I don't find strip mining funny or murder. Get out of there lady. I'm not kidding.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • justathought

      Ignorant! The Queen is just figure head. (Did you know there has been some consideration of disposing with the royalty in the UK, but the people are too proud of their king or queen to do it, and rightly so. WOW! I remember when Elizabeth became the Queen, she's just a little older than I; she was and is beautiful.)

      May 16, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. ColB

    The Royal family is the glue that holds the British Empire together. Whatever you may think, the Royal family and all the trappings is the largest single tourist attraction in England. Long live the Queen and the British Empire.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I am glad your government is as DisneyWorld as ours here in the States,

      May 16, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. KellyinCA

    There seems to be a factual error in the article – The Queen's eldest grandson is not, in fact, Prince William, but Mr. Peter Phillips, Princess Anne's son.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TJ

    They forgot to include her smelling salts.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Moogst

    It's nice not to have a Queen.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    She is a reptilian. She and George Bush I are the highest order of Chitauri reptilians.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. heyheyhey

    Wax figures freak me out. Are we still british or something why are they on our news all the time? I don't pay taxes for their up keep the British people do.

    May 16, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. tibbar

    I think they should have naked wax figures of famous , that claim they are well endowed

    May 16, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
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