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  • Monument Name

    Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, Charlotte

  • Type

    Statue

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Women Figures

  • Creator

    Raymond Kaskey, Designer

    Raymond Kaskey, Sculptor

  • City

    Charlotte

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The bronze statue of Queen Charlotte was modeled to appear like she is blowing in the wind produced by an airplane. She is holding a crown to represent the “Queen City” of Charlotte, NC. The statue was moved from its original location outside the terminal of Charlotte Douglass International Airport to a new resting place in-between the daily parking decks. Currently, she stands about 20 feet tall on a white column surrounded by decorative landscaping.

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  • Custodian

    Charlotte Douglass International Airport

  • Dedication Date

    1990

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.221280 , -80.944120 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Ellis, Sarah. “Where is Queen Charlotte? Holding court in yard between parking decks,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), June 4, 2013.

      Kaskey, Raymond. “Queen Charlotte,” KaskeyStudio.com, (accessed April 1, 2014) Link

      Stabley, Susan. “CLT Airport Moves Queen Charlotte Statue to Make Way for Expansion,” Charlotte Business Journal (Charlotte, NC), January 7, 2013, (accessed April 1, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, Cast stone

  • Sponsors

    Queen's Table

  • Monument Cost

    $250,000

  • Subject Notes

    The information plaque located in front of the statue reads as follows: “Sophie Charlotte was one of six children born to the royal German family of Duke Charles Lewis Frederick and Duchess Elizabeth Albertina. Princess Charlotte spent her childhood at Mirow, a castle located in a section of northern Germany known as Mecklenburg-Strelitz. In 1761, she married King George III and became Queen of England at the age of 17. Queen Charlotte was a respected botanist and established exotic tropical gardens at Kew Palace, her residence in England. She also introduced the Christmas tree, a tradition borrowed from her German homeland, into English culture. Throughout the turbulent Revolutionary War period, the Queen bore 15 children, two of whom became kings of England. In 1763, the English settlers of this area named their newly formed community Charlotte and their county seat Mecklenburg, in honor of the Queen and her homeland. Queen Charlotte’s crown remains today as the symbol of the City of Charlotte, which is also known as the Queen City.”

  • Location

    Queen Charlotte was moved in January of 2014 to a temporary location to allow for long-term construction projects to the airport.

  • Landscape

    The statue is in-between two parking decks easily accessible to the public via neatly landscaped pathways.

  • Former Locations

    The statue of Queen Charlotte formerly greeted visitors to the airport’s terminal. The large bronze statue originally sat atop a tall stone base rising from a decorative water fountain. Queen Charlotte appears to be blowing in the wind created by the airplanes.

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