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Prince Philip statue: No10 backs plan to commemorate Duke of Edinburgh after death

Prince Philip dies at the age of 99

Downing Street has backed the idea of commemorating Prince Philip with a permanent monument. A source told The Telegraph that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was likely to support the plan.

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has also reportedly supported the idea for a commemorative statue of the Duke.

A Labour source told the paper: "The Duke of Edinburgh dedicated his life to the service of our country and the Queen.

“A statue would seem a fitting tribute for his years of service."

The statue is expected to be place on The Mall where Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, has a monument on the north-west side.

Prince Philip

Prince Philip statue: No10 backs plan to commemorate Duke of Edinburgh after death (Image: getty)

The Queen Mother’s statue stands in front of a sculptor of her husband, George VI, who died when she was aged 51.

Her memorial was unveiled in 2009 and cost £2 million – paid for by the creation of a special five-pound coin to mark Her Majesty’s 80th birthday.

According to the Telegraph, a Cabinet minister said: "Every sovereign and consort has a statue somewhere.

“It must be right to have a statue for the Duke. The Queen Mother and George VI are just off The Mall.

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Prince Philip is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. (Image: getty)

“George V is just by Westminster Abbey in a rather good spot."

Currently, there are no concrete plans for a permanent statue of Prince Philip.

There are reportedly plans for a portrait of the Duke in the royal gallery at the Palace of Westminster.

Tory MPs have supported calls for a statue of Prince Philip and some have offered to launch appeals for fundraising.

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Prince Philip timeline

Prince Philip timeline (Image: Express.co.uk)

Sir John Hayes, the chairman of the Common Sense group of Conservative MPs, said: "A lifetime of service to our nation should be marked forever by a monument in his image."

He suggested launching a public appeal "so that it could be part funded by public subscription" and added that he would “happily donate”.

Sir Charles Walker, a vice chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs, added: "It would be a fitting tribute to mark a lifetime of public service and duty."

On Saturday, the Palace announced that the Duke’s funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip (Image: getty)

Prince Harry is expected to return to the UK from America to attend the event alongside his family and grandmother the Queen.

The Duke of Sussex’s pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, will not be attending following medical advice.

On April 17, a national minute’s silence is planned to be observed at 3pm when the funeral begins.

On Friday, a statement from the Palace spoke of Her Majesty’s “deep sorrow” to announce her husband’s death.

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