The Royal ‘Wee’

In viewing the great statue of Queen Victoria in our archive photograph at the turn of the 20th century, you can see that it has since been raised to a position where it now presides over a public toilet facility (some may say that’s a strange thing to do to a former monarch!).  Unmistakeably, the tower of the Prudential Building sits behind.  Since it was destroyed in a May 1941 air raid during the Second World War, it has been a great loss to the panorama of Queen Victoria Square which, in spite of this, retains much of its architectural beauty.