Madame Tussauds hasn’t always been on the mark when it comes to paying tribute to perhaps the most famous figure in music. When a figure of Beyoncé was unveiled in 2017, immediate backlash forced the famed wax emporium to “adjust” the poorly rendered likeness before ultimately opting to remove it altogether. It was just that bad (like, so bad).
But Tussauds has clearly learned its lesson, as evidenced by the Thursday reveal of a Homecoming-inspired homage to the entertainer, appropriately staged among fellow royalty—the British royal family, to be precise. In fact, Queen Bey, power fist held high in her custom-made bedazzled Balmain sweatshirt, seems to have temporarily replaced Queen Elizabeth II in the monarchy’s tableau, complete with crown.
This is the Bey we know and bow down to. And the icon’s mom, Tina Lawson, agrees, writing on Instagram, “They got this one right!!!😂I Love this wax statue of Beyoncé! It’s right on the button, even the legs ❤️❤️❤️”
Who would know better than her mama? Way to recoup, Madame Tussauds; this is what we call an upgrade of an irreplaceable icon, and we are crazy in love with this new rendering. (See what we did there?) We suppose we can forgive you for your earlier misstep—after all, pretty hurts, right?