Prince William backs statue bid
THE Duke of Cambridge has given an ambitious royal appeal a timely boost by becoming its patron.
A group of Windsor residents, led by Rosemary Ussher, are in the process of raising £200,000 to install a statue of a pair of Her Majesty's Windsor Grey horses on the roundabout at the junction of Kings Road and Albert Road by June next year.
Mrs Ussher said: "We are extremely pleased the Duke of Cambridge is on board and we will be planning some events later in the year.
"The appeal is going strong and we are all very confident we will reach the target in time to pay for the first mould to be made."
The bronze statue will depict two life-size Windsor Grey horses, which pull The Queen's carriage on state occasions.
Around £25,000 has been raised so far for the statue which will commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Mrs Ussher added: "The Jubilee fountain in the Goswells looks fantastic and when the Windsor Greys is complete it will be wonderful to have two tributes to The Queen both ends of town." The original sculptor, Althea Wynne, from Wiltshire, died in a car crash with husband Antony Barrington Brown in January.
Robert Rattray, a professional sculptor based in south Wales, was chosen by Mrs Ussher and the group as a replacement to carry on the project. He has since produced drawings of the Windsor Greys from life.
The limited edition stills will be available to buy through the appeal website and proceeds will go towards the fundraising total.
The appeal has been given charity status so anyone donating is able to add Gift Aid.
For more information or to donate, visit www.windsorgreys-jubileeappeal.co.uk