Considering how many visits I have made to London, there are very few photographs that I have taken of Buckingham Palace or the Victoria Memorial. I have visited the area on numerous occasions, but crowds always obscured, or prevented, me from obtaining the shot I wanted.
However, on this particular afternoon, the crowds were light, so I was able to grab some great shots. I took this shot with a sepia setting, before adding a distressed effect later on.
It was built as a memorial to Queen Victoria, Britain's second-longest reigning monarch, and took 23 years to complete from its design in 1901, by Sir Thomas Brock, till its completion in 1924.
It was made with 2,300 tons of Pentelic and Carrara marble, with gilt bronze statues. Fountains were also built in to the design, giving it a very nautical feel.
Along with the construction of the Victoria Memorial, The Mall was rerouted to link up with Trafalgar Square, via the newly built Admiralty Arch, while Buckingham Palace was also refaced. All of this was part of the creation of the Queen's Gardens, which incorporates Green Park and St. James's Park. The Victoria Memorial becoming the centrepiece of this grand scheme.
The Victoria Memorial sits in the middle of an architectural setting of formal gardens and gates, designed by Sir Aston Webb.