Victoria at 21Royal Victoria Place | 2013
Victoria at 21
Royal Victoria Place | 2013
The historical portrait used for the final artwork was kindly lent by the National Portrait Gallery, London: Queen Victoria, reduced copy by W. Warman; after Thomas Sully, watercolour, (1838). © National Portrait Gallery, London.
‘VICTORIA AT 21’ is now on permanent public display at Royal Victoria Place and is located between Ernest Jones and BHS on level 2.
A Royal Heritage
The name was just the beginning of Royal Victoria Place’s strong links with the town’s royal heritage. On 21st October 1992, Royal Victoria Place was officially opened by the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Over 5,000 shoppers packed the malls together with thousands of other visitors who flocked to visit Kent’s newest shopping centre and welcome ‘The People’s Princess’.
The commemorative plaque, which was unveiled by HRH The Princess of Wales during her visit in 1992, is now displayed pride of place on the upper mall opposite the brand new portrait ‘Victoria At 21’ to mark the 21st Birthday of Royal Victoria Place.
Crowned Winner at Purple Apple Awards
Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells has been successful in winning the top award at this year’s Revo (formerly BCSC) Purple Apple Marketing Awards. The gathering of the leading shopping centre marketers from all across the UK took place on Thursday 5th May in London with the glitzy ceremony hosted by TV and radio presenter Edith Bowman.
West Kent’s largest shopping centre, was awarded the overall winner in the ‘Cause-Related’ category for its ‘Victoria At 21’ Community Art Project. This was a fiercely contested category with nearly 30 shopping centres vying to be crowned the winner. This award recognises an innovative marketing activity created from a partnership between a centre and a not for profit organisation.
Revo (formerly BCSC) Purple Apple Award is the only annual awards programme which recognises and rewards effective shopping and town centre marketing within the UK retail sector. This year more than 150 entries were submitted across 6 categories.
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We would like to thank Helen Marshall for working so hard to achieve such an outstanding and innovative piece of artwork and also to all those who contributed to the project and helped make it a reality!” Marc Burchett