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Statue of Queen Victoria outside Malta’s National Library in Republic Square, Valletta. Erected in 1891, the monument commemorates Queen Victoria’s 50th jubilee and was paid for by public subscription. The statue, made of white marble on grey stone steps with two coats of arms in bronze, is the work of Sicilian sculptor Giuseppe Valenti and depicts the Queen sitting with a shawl of Maltese lace draped over her lap. Malta was a British colony for 150 years before gaining its independence in 1964 and declaring itself a republic in 1974.