It looks likely that a statue of The Duke of Edinburgh will be erected on The Mall, the long road in Central London that leads to Buckingham Palace. The commemoration has already gained cross-party backing from Members of Parliament.
The Mall is already home to statues of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that both Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, both support the idea of a Prince Philip statue close to those of his in-laws.
A statue is likely to cost millions of pounds though there is talk that a public appeal for donations could be started so as to bypass the need to directly use taxpayers money.
The Queen Mother’s statue was erected in 2009 – seven years after her death – and was paid for by the production of a one-off five-pound coin to commemorate The Queen’s 80th birthday. The Queen Mother statue cost an estimated £2 million.
Vice Chairman of the 1922 committee of Conservative backbenchers, Sir Charles Walker, said a statue “would be a fitting tribute to mark a lifetime of public service and duty.”
There was reports that a Prince Philip statue should be erected on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, though it is widely believed this is being left empty for a permanent statue to be erected of Queen Elizabeth II when she dies.
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