Can You Identify These Statues from the United Kingdom from a Picture?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

The statues in the United Kingdom don't speak (at least the non-magical, non-Harry Potter ones don't) but they do say quite a bit. Statues tell stories of what happened in the past and often represent the present. The ones that we've put together say a lot about what has happened in the United Kingdom, whether it be political, religious, athletic or otherwise. Do you know enough about this group of countries to name our (rather, their) statues? Let's find out!

Statues are popular in just about every country, big or small. They're a way to show homage to people or to show respect to a particular event; some are even erected purely for fun. No matter the reason, the United Kingdom is filled with them. Most of them tend to show royalty at their best; they include countless sculptures of queens, kings and princes of times past (and a few current as well). Besides their royals, the U.K. also has its fair share of horse and dog effigies. But can you recognize them all? 

So if you're intrigued, and we can tell that you are, why don't you get started on this United Kingdom statues quiz! Good luck and God save the Queen!

The Angel of the North is a sculpture located in Gateshead, England. It is, as the name suggests, a steel statue of an angel with wings measuring over 170 feet across.

The statue of Henry VIII was erected outside one of London's oldest hospitals because it is reportedly because of him that this place has survived. The hospital has been around since 1123.

Lady Godiva was a woman who reportedly rode naked through Coventry, where her statue was erected because her husband taxed his tenants pretty ridiculously.

The U.K., and the world on a whole has what seems like thousands of statues of this former British monarch. The one located in St. Dunstan-in-the-West is just one of them.

Ferdinand Foch was a French army general and marshal of at least four countries. He is best known for being a commander for the Allied Forces during World War I.

John was the King of England almost 1,000 years ago. He was the son of King Henry II and Duchess Eleanor.

Also known as The Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie is best known for being part of the 1745 uprising, a failed attempt to regain the British throne for his house.

In Old English, his name means 'elf counsel.' He was the son of Aethelwulf of Wessex, and became king when his brother, Aethelred, died.

William III, also known as William of Orange, was the King of Scotland, Ireland and Englad for just over a decade. He was succeeded by Queen Anne, his sister-in-law.

This work of art is more like a sculpture than a statue and makes its home in Nottingham, England. It was, at one time, the tallest freestanding work of art in the UK.

George VI was a big deal; he was the Emperor of India, the first man to become the Head of the Commonwealth and he was King of the U.K.

Speaking of Emperors of India, this woman was the Empress of India. She was also the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland; her reign lasted a long 60-plus years.

Unfortunately, this controversial statue whose home was in Birmingham, was removed to make space for a Midland Metro tram line.

Edward VI was the King of two nations and was given the position at just 9 years old. His father was none other than Henry VIII, and his mother was Jane Seymour.

The Lobey Dosser statue was a tribute to a cartoon strip that was drawn by Bud Neill.

The father of the modern-day study of evolution has been immortalized in the form of an effigy at the site of his former schoolhouse, which is currently the site of a library.

Richard "The Lionheart," also known as Richard I, ruled England for a decade from 1189 until his death. A statue of him atop a horse, created by Baron Carlo Marochetti, stands proudly in Old Palace Yard.

If you do what you love, a monument will be built in your memory one day; so proved the "The King of Stamford Bridge," who was an esteemed player for the Chelsea Football Club.

This statue is a memorial to the dog who stood guard at its master's grave for almost 15 years, until its death in 1872.

Known to some as bashful, and well-known for the commencement of a two-party system under her reign, this delicate queen stands golden on the balcony of the old Town Hall in Kingston-Upon-Thames.

This now dismantled monument was meant to signify the dawn of a new day for Manchester; its intent was to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth games.

Previously thought to be a replica of Queen Anne by people of the Victorian era, it has now been deduced that the statue sitting in the northern end of Queen's square is instead, the patron of the arts and botany, Queen Charlotte.

A replica of the image initially put up at the Mall in 2009, of the affable Queen Mother at age 51, was erected at Poundbury in 2016.

Robert Falcon Scott is a name synonymous with early Antarctic expeditions. In 2003, a statue by Jonathan Williams was unveiled in Cardiff to commemorate the 100th year of the Antarctic discovery.

Standing at 10 feet tall, this statue was sculpted before WW II. It was hidden in a quarry while the war raged on and after much debate was finally laid to rest opposite the House of Lords.

Were it not for the foresight of a metalsmith who hid this until after the English civil war, this statue would have long been destroyed. It now maps out the exact center of London.

Described by her coffin's inscription plate as "most serene," she is a featured sculpture on the famed Arch of Portland stone.

With a foundation that is about 125 feet into the ground, this sculpture of the head and neck of a 9-year-old girl provides a creative contrast to the coal formerly mined in the area.

James is portrayed as a Roman Emperor, complete with a wreath and Roman armor. This has done quite a lot of migration and has even spent time in storage.

This was two firsts; one was that it was the first publicly supported statue in Birmingham.

The "Red Devils" statue was erected of three soccer players, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law, who scored 665 goals between them from 1964 to 1968.

This statue which sits on Stanley Street, Liverpool, was inspired by a song of the same title by the Beatles.

Formerly the central piece of a water fountain and part of an art piece called The River, Floozie is now the center of a garden in her same spot.

This statue is in honor of King George III's second eldest son, Prince Frederick, Duke of York.

Fabled to be turned to stone as punishment for mischievous behavior, this grotesque art piece stands atop the Lincoln Cathedral.

Inside the private garden within Park Crescent, is a figure of Queen Victoria's father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn.

Also called the Special Air Service Memorial (SAS Memorial), this statue has been paying homage to the decorated officer since 2002.

This monument is in honor of the daughter of Bishop Miles Smith, who died during childbirth.

Built in memoriam of the 329 men who died during the Battle of Maiwand, the Maiwand Lion is also locally known as the Forbury Lion.

The revered outlaw has been taking aim at the castle's gates since its unveiling in 1952.

An effigy of Queen Elizabeth I is present at this long-standing boarding school to commemorate her grant in 1572.

Originally called "Reunion," this was inspired by the story of a woman who crossed Europe on foot to find her husband.

Made of Dartmoor Granite, this statue was built in honor of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lost his life during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

This equestrian statue of the Monarch was originally intended to sit atop the Marble Arch at Buckingham Palace, but was moved to where it currently stands, after his death.

The iconic scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet is immortalized by this figure, which sits on Stratford-Upon-Avon.

This image of King Charles II was built into the right side of the Temple Bar's south face.

In 1893, Princess Louise paid tribute to her mother, Queen Victoria, by designing this statue of her at age 18 on her Coronation Day.

This is one of the few relics to survive the Reformation. St.Christopher, known as the patron of travelers, is depicted with an image of a blessing (depicted as a baby) on his shoulder.

King James I of England and Ireland is positioned on the Western Side of the Temple Bar Gate.

Originally intended as an entrance to Buckingham Palace, it bears an image of the Angel of Peace and marks Wellington's triumph over Napoleon.

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