Blackpool’s Madame Tussauds welcomes ‘The Queen’ to a right royal fanfare

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The head monarch arrived on a horse-drawn carriage as the Royal Yorkshire Military Band played the National Anthem

 

The Queen arrives in Blackpool ahead of taking her place on an ornate bench bench with one of her beloved corgis at Madam Tussauds
Towering over us: The Queen arrives in Blackpool ahead of taking her place on an ornate bench bench with one of her beloved corgis at Madam Tussauds (Image: LancsLive/James Maloney)

‘The Queen’ has arrived at Blackpool’s Madame Tussauds in regal style, naturally.

The head monarch travelled down the Promenade from the Comedy Caret outside the Blackpool Tower on a horse-drawn carriage, flanked by Royal Livery guards.

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Onlookers were forced to double-take as she passed by, with Queen Elizabeth II’s waxwork replica remarkably similar to the real thing.

Dressed in a baby pink ensemble, The Queen accompanied her outfit with her signature matching pearl earrings and necklace and natural make-up.

As she approached the visitor attraction on the promenade, a rousing rendition of the National Anthem by the Royal Yorkshire Military Band was played.

Inside the venue, the touched-up waxwork version of Her Majesty was then seated on an ornate bench and accompanied by one of her beloved pet corgi dogs, who is cheekily propping his leg.

Queen Elizabeth II is joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are standing nearby, with all three royals ready for a picture or selfie with you.

Stuart Jarman, general manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, said: “We are thrilled to have the brand new figure of the Queen with us – she is an extremely popular attraction here and one that visitors, young and old, always want to see during their visit.

The Queen turned heads when her waxwork look-alike was given the red carpet treatment upon its return by horse-draw carriage to Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, Lancashire.

‘The Queen’ arrives in style at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool – in pictures

“We have never had a character make such a dramatic entrance but if such an extravaganza was to happen for anyone, of course it had to be for her Majesty”.

The original Queen waxwork was first installed in Blackpool in 2012 to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, but it has now been touched up to better reflect the real-life head of the royal family.

The Queen was just two when her figure was first immortalised in Madame Tussauds in London in 1928. Since then, 23 waxworks of the monarch have been created.

A second portrait, which saw her seated on a Shetland pony, was sculpted by John Theodore Tussaud (Madame Tussaud’s great-grandson) in 1930. Madame Tussauds held sittings with Princess Elizabeth herself from 1928 right up until 2001.

The Queen takes a ride on her horse-drawn carriage to her home at Madam Tussauds in Blackpool
The Queen takes a ride on her horse-drawn carriage to her home at Madam Tussauds in Blackpool (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Did you know?

It takes a team of 25 artists to work on one wax figure, spending a total of 800 hours collectively. This includes: 350 hours to sculpt the figure, 187 hours to insert a head of hair and 30 hours to make a set of teeth.

The Queen is one of 2,000 wax figures on display around the world, with roughly 150kg of clay used to sculpt each figure equating to 23 stone, the average weight of a tiger.

To book tickets to see The Queen and the many other waxworks ta Madame Tussauds, click here.