The idea of installing a statue of the recently deceased British Queen Elizabeth II. in London’s Trafalgar Square was heard on Thursday in the House of Commons, where it met with widespread support from MPs. The BBC and the Standard newspaper reported about it on Thursday.
The proposal in question, which was presented there by the former British Minister for Security, John Hayes, earned the approval of other MPs. Hayes stated that Elizabeth II. deserves “a suitable national memorial”, adding that “the ideal place for a statue of the Queen would be the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square”. Speaker of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt has promised to discuss the proposal with Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan.
There are four plinths in Trafalgar Square in central London. Three of them have permanently installed statues, including a bronze statue of King George IV. from 1841. Since 1998, the fourth plinth has been used for the temporary exhibition of various modern works of art. It is currently empty as the last sculpture, The End by Heather Phillipson, was removed in August.
The former British defense minister Tobias Ellwood also suggested that one of the public holidays should be renamed “Elizabeth Day” in honor of the queen. Queen Elizabeth II. she died on September 8 at the age of 96. Her funeral was held on September 19. Tens of thousands of members of the public and world leaders expressed their respect for the late monarch.