Dumped Queen Victoria gets new life before Sri Lanka summit
COLOMBO (AFP) - A statue of Queen Victoria which was banished from Sri Lanka's presidential palace amid fears that it brought bad luck will now be spruced up for an upcoming Commonwealth summit.
The 1897 statue of the former British monarch seated on a throne had been banished from the palace a few years ago and dumped in the backyard of Colombo's museum.
Museum superintendent Ranjith Hewage said the museum now plans to shift the statue to a better location so that it faces the main road as well as a public park, which was until recently named after her.
"We will turn the statue from its present location to face the road," Mr Hewage told AFP.