Surrounding Queen’s Square in downtown Sydney are several historical buildings, some dating back to the early 19th century. The plaza’s namesake is Queen Victoria. Her majesty assumed the throne at the age of 16 in 1837 and reigned until her death in 1901 at 81. She is portrayed holding an orb and scepter, symbols of her sovereignty. Her bronze likeness by Joseph Edgar Boehm was first commissioned by the queen for placement at Windsor Castle. The artist created this replica in 1879 and it was erected here nine years later. Also in the square is a tribute to Prince Albert, the consort (husband) of the queen from 1840 until his death at 42 in 1861. His statue was cast in 1866.