Government considering national memorial to Queen Elizabeth II

Caption: National memorial to late Queen to be considered, Cabinet Office saysPictures: Getty
The decision over the monument will be announced before the anniversary of the Queen’s death on September 8 (Picture: Getty)

A national memorial to the late Queen will be considered, the Cabinet Office has said.

The department said use of Queen Elizabeth II’s full title would be ‘closely protected’ as it set out plans to commission a UK memorial for her.

‘Careful consideration will be given in due course to the commissioning of an official national memorial to Queen Elizabeth II,’ the Cabinet Office said.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the membership of a committee to decide on the monument will be announced ahead of the anniversary of her death on September 8.

Applications from communities and organisations wanting to name parks, gardens or streets after her are likely to be ‘looked upon favourably’ if they incorporate ‘memorial’ or ‘remembrance’ in the title, according to new Government guidance published on July 4.

But to ensure the use of her name ‘continues to be undertaken in a dignified and appropriate manner’ permission will have to be sought, the guidance says.

Several reports said the guidance means those wishing to name pubs and buildings after the late Queen, who died aged 96 just months after celebrating her platinum jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne, would have to seek approval.

The guidance says: ‘The protected royal titles are sparingly granted and strict standards are applied.

‘As a matter dealt with under the royal prerogative, information about any criteria which may exist and the reasons for the grant or refusal of an application are not disclosed.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Members of the public line the Queen Victoria Memorial and the Mall as King Charles III and members of the royal family walk with Queen Elizabeth II's flag-draped coffin as it is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, England. The queen will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former members of the royal family have commonly had memorials built in their honour after their death (Picture: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

‘Communities, organisations and individuals may wish to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and commemorate her extraordinary reign through the use of her name and title, for example by naming a park, garden or street.

‘Requests that incorporate “memorial” or “remembrance” in a proposed name are likely to be looked upon favourably, where possible.

‘The full title of Queen Elizabeth II will continue to be closely protected and only be granted for applications with strong royal connections.’

Former members of the royal family have commonly had memorials built in their honour after their death.

Queen Elizabeth II of England
Applications to name places or buildings in memory of the late Queen will be ‘looked upon favourably’ (Picture: Bettmann Archive)

In London, there is the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington and the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park.

The late Queen unveiled a memorial to her father, George VI, in 1955, three years after his death.

A statue near to George’s on The Mall was erected to honour his wife, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who died in 2002.

There are already some projects named after the late Queen, including the Elizabeth Line which travels through central London.

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