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Queen Elizabeth II: MPs support the statue of the late monarch on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London

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Queen Elizabeth II: MPs support the statue of the late monarch on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London

Members of the House of Commons expressed their support Queen Elizabeth II be honored with a statue on Trafalgar SquareThe fourth plinth of the

Former minister and Tory MP Sir John Hayes’ idea to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign with a statue was met with choruses of “hear, hear” in the House of Commons on Thursday.

Sir John said to the queen, who died on 8 September in Balmoral, Scotland, aged 96, deserved a “worthy national memorial”.

“Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we have seen an extraordinary national, even royal, reaction – a moving mix of grief at our loss and celebration of a life spent in great service,” the Tory politician said.

“In order for the mood to remain forever, and the memory to be preserved for future generations, an appropriate national memorial should be established.

“So will the Leader of the House agree with me that a statement be sent to the House as to what form this memorial might take?” asked Sir John.

“For me, a statue on the last plinth in Trafalgar Square would be ideal,” he added.

There is now only one full-size statue of the late monarch in Windsor Great Park, which was inaugurated in 2002 in honor of the golden jubilee.

Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons, thanked Sir John for the suggestion, saying she would “definitely” discuss it with the culture secretary.

“Obviously these are going to be issues that will affect many members and involve other bodies outside this house,” she said.

“But I will certainly discuss it with the Secretary of State for DCMS [Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Michelle Donelan] and ensure that it properly consults with members about their wishes as plans move forward.”

For almost 30 years, the fourth pedestal of Trafalgar Square in the center London became home to a number of works of art.

The square has a plinth at each of the four corners.

Two on the south blocks carry sculptures of British army major generals – Henry Havelock and Charles James Napier – who led campaigns in India.

On one of the large northern pedestals is a bronze statue of King George IV, who died in 1828.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/queen-elizabeth-ii-statue-trafalgar-square-b2173544.html

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