A STATUE of the Duke of Edinburgh could be commissioned to stand on the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square.
Plans are being drawn up to have a memorial statue of Prince Philip erected in the famous square – which is currently used for art installations.
The statue of the Duke, who is 98, will be commissioned after his death.
Philip has become the longest-serving consort in British history, with more than 22,000 public engagements under his belt.
With both The Queen and her husband now in their nineties, there have been secret talks about memorials between Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and City Hall, which has responsibility for Trafalgar Square.
One source told The Sunday Times: “A statue of the Queen on the fourth plinth was the original plan.
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“Several artists were approached by the palace to sound out whether they would submit designs when the time comes.
“But in the past couple of years everyone has been made aware that it could also be for the Duke of Edinburgh.”
It was reported in 2008 that the fourth plinth was being kept free for a statue of the Queen on horseback, to be commissioned after her death.
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