Commission for The Queen's 90th Birthday in 2016
In 2016 Amanda was commissioned by the Lord Lieutenants of the United Kingdom to create a gift for the Queen for her 90th Birthday.She received a call from Lord Dudson who was aware of Amanda's history with Beswick and her bronze horse collection.
She then made arrangements to visit Terry Pendry at Windsor Castle. Terry is The Queens Head groom and they can be seen here riding together.
Amanda then sculpted the portrait in clay and the clay was taken to Lunts foundry in Birmingham for moulding and casting into bronze using the lost wax method.
There was only one of the bronzes cast so this is truly a one off piece that has since been recorded in The Royal Collection.
Amanda had been chatting with Price Phillip for a while whilst her majesty was doing her meet and greet, so although the next part was supposed to be Amanda being formally introduced, Prince Philip just tapped her Majesty on the shoulder and introduced Amanda himself. This is the proud moment when Amanda was introduced. Shaking Amanda's hand the Queen told Amanda "I was only riding her Yesterday".
The first step was to photograph Emma, so Amanda and her daughter drove to Widnsor Castle to meet Terry Pendry and photograph Emma.Then the sculpt could begin, by creating a clay model.
Next it was to Lunts Foundry in Birmingham
The clay sculpt had a mould made from plaster, then a wax is created which Amanda fettled and completed by hand. Then to the lost wax casting process for the bronze. Then hot patination and polishing.
All ready to be mounted on a crema marfil base and presented in a custom made, silk lined presentation box.