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The Unveiling (more info)

Public Notice of the Unveiling Ceremony.

Public Notice of the Unveiling Ceremony.

The Order of Events.

The Order of Events.

A Public Invitation.

A Public Invitation.

Constructing the giant lager cans to cover the pilar before unveiling.

Constructing the giant lager cans to cover the pilar before unveiling.

The lager cans were replaced by a shroud the night before the unveiling.

The lager cans were replaced by a shroud the night before the unveiling.

Invitation to the unveiling and reception.

Invitation to the unveiling and reception.

David Bieda awaiting the unveiling.

David Bieda awaiting the unveiling.

Stilt people await the Royal party.

Stilt people await the Royal party.

HM Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Prince Claus arrive.

HM Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Prince Claus arrive.

Crowds around the shroud. The shroud is raised.

The shroud is raised.

8,000 tagged, bio-degradable balloons are released. 8,000 tagged, bio-degradable balloons are released.

8,000 tagged, bio-degradable balloons are released.

The balloon tag returned from the furthest destination, Luxembourg.Balloon Tag returned from Grand Duchy of Luxembourg by du Fay.

The balloon tagged returned from the furthest destination, Luxembourg.

Crowds watching the unveiling.

Crowds watching the unveiling.

Queen Beatrix and the Press.

Queen Beatrix and the Press.

The Royal walkabout gets underway.

The Royal walkabout gets underway.

Queen Beatrix meets the trainee stonemasons.

Queen Beatrix meets the trainee stonemasons.

Pupils from St Clement Danes Primary School present their play about the arrival of William and Mary in England.

Pupils from St Clement Danes Primary School present their play about the arrival of William and Mary in England.

Queen Beatrix meets pupils from St Clement Danes Primary School.

Queen Beatrix meets pupils from St Clement Danes Primary School.

Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus congratulate the pupils of St Clements Danes Primary School.

Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus congratulate the pupils of St Clements Danes Primary School.

Christina Smith (in blue) on her way to the Reception held in her restaurant, Smith's of Covent Garden.

Christina Smith (in blue) on her way to the Reception held in her restaurant, Smith's of Covent Garden.

Royal Walkabout Shorts Gardens. Queen Beatrix, escorted by David Bieda, en route to the reception.

Queen Beatrix, escorted by David Bieda, en route to the reception.

Queen Beatrix and Price Claus greeted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Simon Maby, on the borough boundary.

Queen Beatrix and Price Claus greeted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Simon Maby, on the borough boundary.

After the unveiling.

After the unveiling.

Lord Peter Brooke, Patron of the Trust.

Lord Peter Brooke, then MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, now a Patron of the Seven Dials Trust.

Dedication on the Monument plinth.

Dedication on the Monument plinth.

Reverse of the Sundial Pillar's plinth.

Reverse of the Sundial Pillar's plinth.

Trustee Janet Cole-Brooman presents flowers to the carver and gilder Caroline Webb.

Trustee Janet Cole-Brooman presents flowers to the carver and gilder Caroline Webb.

Queen Beatrix meets community stalwarts Cllr John Toomey (l); Janet Reid; and Jim Francombe (r).

Queen Beatrix meets community stalwarts  Cllr John Toomey (l); Janet Reid; and Jim Francombe (r).

Locals Rosie Doyle and Alice Johnson wait to meet Queen Beatrix.

Locals Rosie Doyle and Alice Johnson wait to meet Queen Beatrix.

Kitty Driscoll, one of the senior residents of Covent Garden.

Kitty Driscoll, one of the senior residents of Covent Garden.

Covent Gardeners (l) Johnnie Sullivan, John Toomey (c) and Jim Francombe (r) wait for the unveiling.

Covent Gardeners (l) Johnnie Sullivan, John Toomey (c) and Jim Francombe (r) wait for the unveiling.

Local legend,  Fred Collins Snr (never without a pipe) and trustee Nicola Kutapan.

Local legend,  Fred Collins Snr (never without a pipe) and trustee Nicola Kutapan.

Fred and Freddie Collins of F.W. Collins, ironmongers of Earlham Street est. 1835.

Fred and Freddie Collins of F.W. Collins, ironmongers of Earlham Street est. 1835.

The party's over ...

The party's over ...