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The Independent

Queen Elizabeth II: MPs help late monarch’s statue on Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Sq., London



MPs within the Home of Commons have expressed their help for Queen Elizabeth II to be honoured with a statue on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.

Former minister and Tory MP Sir John Hayes’s thought to commemorate the Queen’s 70-year reign with a statue was met with choruses of “hear, hear” on the Commons on Thursday.

Sir John stated the Queen, who died on 8 September at Balmoral, Scotland, at the age of 96, deserved a “becoming nationwide memorial”.

“Because the dying of Queen Elizabeth II we now have witnessed a unprecedented nationwide, certainly kingdom-wide, response – a shifting mixture of sorrow at our loss and celebration of a lifetime of exceptional service,” the Tory politician stated.

“In order that temper is marked eternally and remembrance can final for generations to return, a becoming nationwide memorial must be established.

“Will the Chief of the Home, due to this fact, agree with me {that a} assertion is delivered to this Home on what kind that memorial would possibly take?” Sir John requested.

“For me, a statue on the ultimate plinth on Trafalgar Sq. could be ideally suited,” he added.

At current, there is just one full-size statue of the late monarch on the Windsor Nice Park, which was inaugurated in 2002 to mark the golden jubilee.

Penny Mordaunt, the chief of the Commons, thanked Sir John for the suggestion, saying she would “actually” elevate it with the tradition secretary.

“Clearly these will probably be issues that can concern many members and can contain different our bodies outdoors of this home,” she stated.

“However I shall actually elevate this with the secretary of state for DCMS [Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Michelle Donelan] and guarantee she correctly consults members on their needs as plans are taken ahead.”

In almost 30 years, the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Sq. in central London has change into house to a succession of artworks.

The sq. has a plinth on every of its 4 corners.

The 2 on the southern blocks carry the sculptures of British military main generals – Henry Havelock and Charles James Napier – who waged campaigns in India.

One of many bigger northern plinths includes a bronze statue of King George IV who died in 1828.

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