"Queen Victoria" with Osborne curator Michael Hunter

Marble statue? No – a lifesize cake of Queen Victoria, who would have been two hundred years old today (Friday).

It has made the journey from Penzance in Cornwall and is on show at Osborne, as English Heritage marks the anniversary. Although if you are visiting this afternoon, the Victoria sponge will have been cut into and its 600 slices shared with visitors.

The diminutive monarch was born on this day in 1819. The cake in her likeness stands at real-size 4ft 11” tall and required 298 eggs, 26kg of butter and 20kg of fondant.

It was constructed in situ after making the long journey and the moment was captures by English Heritage.

A new exhibition has also been launched today. Visitors will also follow a trail of objects around the historic home, which were presents shared between the Queen and her consort Prince Albert, who celebrates his 200th birthday in August.

Last night (Thursday) the exhibition was officially opened by Prince Edward the Duke of Kent, attended by the descendants of Abdul Karim. Read more HERE.

Meanwhile a host of events are taking place in East Cowes over the weekend, including a procession from Sovereign’s Gate on Sunday at around midday.

Today (Friday) a bell sounded at Whippingham’s Priory School, which was on the Osborne estate and was designed by Prince Albert.

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