Soon, a nine foot tall bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth the First will grace the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island in Dare County.
Local benefactors are funding the hand carved statue of how the queen would have looked during the Roanoke voyages and the time of the Lost Colony. A cardboard cut out is just over half the size of the real statue. Because no paintings exist of the queen during her young adult years, designers had to take existing likenesses and de-age them to come up with the proper facial features.
The unveiling will be Saturday morning, with a concert featuring Elizabethan music and dancing at 1:30 p.m.