Sir Jack and Lady Petchey have gifted the highly publicised birthday sculpture of Princess Anne to UK Youth to celebrate her work with the charity. The bronze sculpture is the latest piece from Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey), who is known for her sculptures of the Royal Family. Commissioned in celebration of the Princess Royal’s 70th birthday the bust was unveiled last night in the ITV documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’.
Princess Anne. Regal and radiant – yet very down to earth” – FS
The one-of-a-kind sculpture of its patron Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was created from life by the British sculptor Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey). The piece has been given to UK Youth to celebrate the Princess’ work with the charity.
The bust will be displayed at Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth’s outdoor activity centre based in the New Forest, Hampshire. Avon Tyrrell was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in July 1949, 71 years ago. Her Royal Highness has a genuine passion for improving the lives of young people and the piece has been given to UK Youth to celebrate the Princess’ work with the charity.
Her Royal Highness has been a patron of UK Youth since 2003 and makes several personal appearances each year on behalf of the organisation including attending Art for Youth London, a hugely popular art exhibition that has directly raised more than £1.5 million in funding.
Segelman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. The artist has previously sculpted Her Majesty The Queen for the Scouts Association, with the finished sculpture being unveiled by Her Majesty and then displayed at the Scouts HQ. Similarly, Frances’s sculpture of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was unveiled by The Prince at a 40th-anniversary garden party for the Prince’s Trust and now resides at the Prince’s Trust HQ.
Frances Segelman said “It was a great honour to sculpt Princess Anne, especially as the finished bust has been donated to UK Youth, a charity clearly important to HRH because of the support it gives young people. Having sculpted HM The Queen, it was wonderful to see the close family resemblance come through in my sculpture of Princess Anne. Regal and radiant – yet very down to earth”.
Lindsay Marsden, Director of Partnerships & Fundraising at UK Youth said “Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has been UK Youth’s Patron for more than 17 years and we’ve been continually impressed by her passion and commitment to ensuring all young people have the opportunity thrive and are empowered to contribute.
The creation of this wonderful piece of art, will take pride and place at our outdoor centre and will be seen by over 20,000 young people each year. We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of Frances Segelman, and HRH, in including us in this wonderful moment of recognition and celebration”.
Founded over 100 years ago, UK Youth is a leading national charity that exists to ensure all young people aged 9-25are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. UK Youth provides young people with life skills, delivered through a network of local youth organisations which make up the UK Youth Movement.
The UK Youth Movemeis made up of over 5,500 local youth organisations across the UK. We deliver innovative youth services with a focus on personal and social skills development to more than 100,000 young people every year. We grow an effective practice and campaign to increase support for all young people in the UK, and the 1.6 million young people reached through our network. To find out more, visit the UK Youth website.
Avon Tyrrell is our leading outdoor learning venue based in the heart of the New Forest. Its unique heritage and beautiful grounds contain an extensive range of inclusive outdoor activities and tailored programmes allowing us to provide the opportunity for everyone to experience, learn and develop. By combining positive, safe learning spaces with appropriate levels of challenge, our outdoor instructors develop young people to build confidence and resilience by offering tangible outcomes and a sense of achievement. For more information, visit the Avon Tyrell website.
Frances Segelman: Frances Segelman, otherwise known as Lady Petchey, is a self-taught sculptor from Leeds who has risen to the top of her profession having sculpted The Royal Family, and public figures from the world of entertainment, politics and sport. Frances’ recent celebrity sculpture commissions include Dame Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, Lord Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi and Holocaust survivor Sir Ben Helfgott MBE. Frances is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and a Liveryman of the Painters and Stainers Livery Company.