The statue of Boadicea stands on the Embankment by Westminster Bridge in London. It represents Queen Boadicea (or Boudicca) and her daughters in a chariot, complete with the legendary scythe-bearing wheels.
Boadicea was a queen of the Iceni tribe in East Anglia during the Roman occupation. After the death of her husband King Prasutagus, and humiliation at the hands of the Romans, she organised an uprising against the Roman invaders, with some considerable success. Victories at Colchester and St Albans took her right into London which she destroyed by fire. Inevitably defeat followed, in 61AD.
Many myths grew up around her, and down the centuries strong female leaders have been compared to her, such as Queen Victoria, and more recently Margaret Thatcher. The bronze statue was created by Thomas Thornycroft, a sculptor who specialised in public monuments. It was completed in the 1860s and erected in 1902 after his death.