Officials Back the Idea Of A Queen Elizabeth Statue At Trafalgar Square
Even though no honor will be good enough for Queen Elizabeth the II, who spent 70 years of her life dedicated to the service of her people, a new statue could be erected at Trafalgar Square in her honor.
Following the Queen’s death, many people from different races and cultures shared how she impacted their lives and made them feel “more human”, showing that she wasn’t only appreciated by the British people, but by many around the world.
Calls For the Queen To Be Honored With A Statue At Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth Gets Met With Widespread Support
The period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth the II is officially over. As the nation moves on, there are calls for the Queen to join some of her great ancestors and be commemorated with a statue at Trafalgar Square.
The idea received reasonable support when former minister Sir John Hayes put it forward, with more than a few MPs shouting “hear, hear”.
The Tory MP suggested that the late Monarch, who died at the age of 96 on the afternoon of September 8, deserved a “fitting national memorial”.
He added: “For me, a statue on the final plinth on Trafalgar Square would be ideal.”
In addition to this suggestion, Commons leader Penny Mordaunt, after thanking her colleague for such a thoughtful idea, said that she would certainly raise it with Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan.
She went on to state the procedures, saying “Clearly these will be matters that will concern many members and will involve other bodies outside of this house.”
Whilst she made no promises about the project being commissioned, she did promise to do her part. She continued: “But I shall certainly raise this with the Secretary of State for DCMS [Digital, Culture, Media and Sport] and ensure she properly consults members on their wishes as plans are taken forward.”
Trafalgar Square’s Most Recent Fourth Plinth Commission
The central London landmark is known for being the focus of several artwork commissions since 1998.
Its most recent addition being Heather Phillipson’s sculpture The End, which was taken down on August after being on display for two years.
According to its website, commissions for the “established icon for London” are chosen “through public consultation and decision-making by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, an independent panel of artists, journalists and curators”.
The site then goes on to note that the job of picking the best artwork goes to the city’s mayor, who “approves the winning artist based on the recommendations of the Commissioning Group”.
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