It was moving day for the queen.
For the first time in its 118-year history, the iconic Queen Victoria statue holding court at the Royal Victoria Hospital moved on Wednesday to the Glen site of the Montreal University Health Centre.
Completed in 1895, the statue — commissioned by the founders of the Royal Vic, Lord Strathcona and Lord Mount Stephen — arrived from Britain in 1897 for Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee before being moved to different locations in the hospital in 1952 and 1993 — which, as Wednesday’s regal procession proved, is no small feat. This is a woman that weighs at least five tonnes.
“She will be the first official resident,” joked Richard Faher, public affairs and strategic planning director of MUHC, who came down as the final straps were being secured on the truck bed.
The MUHC has stated that construction will be completed by the end of 2014, with the hospital moving to the Glen in the summer of 2015.
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