The statue was first erected in front of the British Legation in Charoen Krung Road in 1903 and was moved later when the British Embassy relocated to Wireless Road in 1923.
It’s not only Brits who are outraged at the decision to leave behind this popular icon, describing it as utterly disgraceful, indefensible and even undignified. Thai people, with their deep respect for royalty, are also upset at the commercialization of a former monarch. A few years back, the British community was deeply upset when the front of the embassy grounds were sold off to the Central Group to make way for a shopping mall and hotel. They were further outraged when the remainder of this historic compound was then sold to the same company. Now they face another indignity with the loss of the Queen Victoria statue.
One has to wonder whether much thought went into this most recent outrage. It is a decision with so little merit. Both seller and buyer of the statue should reconsider their position on this important issue. Happily, the War Memorial, another British Embassy landmark that also dates back to 1923, will find a new home at the British Club.