Statue of Queen Victoria
The former statue of Queen Victoria, with the Manitoba Legislative Building behind.
ArtistGeorge Frampton
SubjectQueen Victoria
ConditionDestroyed (2021)
LocationManitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Coordinates49°53′07″N 97°08′50″W / 49.88535°N 97.14734°W / 49.88535; -97.14734

A statue of Queen Victoria formerly stood on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.[1]

The monument was designed by British sculptor George Frampton, cost $15,000, and was paid for by a mixture of public funds and private donations.[2] Unveiled on 1 October 1904 by Sir Rodmond Roblin,[3] the statue showed the Queen seated on a throne with the royal sceptre in her right hand and the orb in her left hand.[2] Frampton used the same model in two other statues, one in St Helens, Merseyside, and the other in Leeds, West Yorkshire, both in England.[4]

During the night of 23 June 2020, the statue was vandalized with red and white paint, amid a wave of anti-racism protests.[5] The statue was then toppled and covered in paint on 1 July 2021, Canada Day, during a protest denouncing the deaths of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools.[6] The head, crown, and orb were removed by protesters overnight; the head was later recovered, without its crown, from the Assiniboine River. The statue was deemed unrepairable and the provincial government stated that it would not be replaced.[7][8][9]

During demolition of the vacant plinth, a broken bottle and message were discovered within. Hand-written on a typed list of dignitaries at the dediction of the monument on 30 July 1921 are the words, "on account of the prohibition, we are unable to adhere to the custom of depositing a bottle of brandy under the stone, for which we are extremely sorry". This was signed by a stonecutter. The provincial cabinet plans to preserve the document and to determine what to do with it.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Historic Sites of Manitoba: Queen Victoria Statue (450 Broadway, Winnipeg)", Manitoba Historical Society, retrieved 14 July 2021
  2. ^ a b Self-Guided Walking Tour (PDF), Manitoba Government, p. 3, retrieved 2 February 2014
  3. ^ Queen Victoria Statue (Legislative Grounds, Winnipeg), Historic Sites of Manitoba, retrieved 2 February 2014
  4. ^ Morris, Edward; Roberts, Emma (2012), Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (excluding Liverpool), Public Sculpture of Britain, vol. 15, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. 188, ISBN 978-1-84631-492-6
  5. ^ Gowriluk, Caitlyn (24 June 2020), Queen Victoria statue on Manitoba Legislature grounds covered with white and red paint overnight, CBC News
  6. ^ Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II torn down in Canada, BBC News, 2 July 2021, retrieved 2 July 2021
  7. ^ Queen Victoria statue beheaded by protesters can't be repaired, Manitoba government says, CBC News, retrieved 29 July 2022
  8. ^ Fate of toppled statues unclear, federal Conservatives want them restored, CBC News, 5 July 2021
  9. ^ Lambert, Steve (7 July 2021), Manitoba premier says statues will be rebuilt, Winnipeg: CTV News, retrieved 14 July 2021
  10. ^ Canadian Press Staff (30 November 2022), Message from 1921 found underneath a former statue at the Manitoba legislature, CTV News, retrieved 12 August 2023