Queen Elizabeth II statue in Trafalgar Square gets MPs’ support

A former minister also suggests renaming a bank holiday in the late Queen’s honour to ‘Elizabeth Day’

The statue would be on the fourth plinth which has featured work including Heather Phillipson’s The End monument Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP

Calls for a statue of Queen Elizabeth II on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth have been met with widespread support in the House of Commons.

Shouts of “hear, hear” were heard from some MPs in the chamber after Sir John Hayes, a former Conservative minister, floated the idea to commemorate the late Queen.

Heather Phillipson’s The End monument - featuring a whirl of whipped cream topped with a cherry, a drone and a fly - is among the artworks to have been housed on the fourth plinth at the London landmark.

Sir John told the Commons: “Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II we have witnessed an extraordinary nationwide, indeed kingdom-wide, response - a moving mix of sorrow at our loss and celebration of a life of remarkable service.

“So that mood is marked forever and remembrance can last for generations to come, a fitting national memorial needs to be established.

“Will the Leader of the House therefore agree with me that a statement be brought to this House on what form that memorial might take?

“For me, a statue on the final plinth of Trafalgar Square would be ideal.”

Penny Mordaunt, the Commons Leader, replied: “I thank (Sir John) for his suggestion.

“Clearly these will be matters that will concern many members and will involve other bodies outside of this House, but I shall certainly raise this with the Secretary of State for DCMS (Michelle Donelan) and ensure she properly consults members on their wishes as plans are taken forward.”

Tobias Ellwood, a former Conservative minister, later suggested renaming a bank holiday in the late Queen’s honour.

He told the Commons: “I do believe a worthy way to immortalise Queen Elizabeth, what she did for our country, the longest-serving monarch, would be to rename one of our bank holidays the ‘Elizabeth Day’.”