Queen unveils statue of Canadian jazz great Peterson

The Queen admires a statue of Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson
Image caption Oscar Peterson's widow said he loved the Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen has unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson during the latest stage of her visit to the country.

She was joined by the musician's family for the ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

During his life, Peterson recorded with jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker. He played for the Queen a few years before his death in 2007.

The Queen and Prince Philip are on a nine-day visit to Canada.

The sculpture depicts Peterson sitting at his famous piano - which had extra keys added - in a bow tie and waistcoat. There is space on the seat beside him for passers-by to sit down.

His widow Kelly said: "Oscar would be very humbled by it and also very, very pleased to know how much people loved what he did and care about him.

"And the fact that Her Majesty and Prince Philip are here is an extra special layer - he loved them both."

Dressed in a turquoise hat and coat, the Queen later visited the Museum of Nature and planted a tree in the governor general's garden.

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