Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queen Riding on Horse Proposed as Permanent Statue for Fourth Plinth; (1) Royal Tribute: A Posthumous Statue of the Queen Is among Proposals Being Discussed for the Trafalgar Square Site (2) Plinth Sculpture: Alison Lapper Pregnant and the Current Model for A Hotel 2007

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queen Riding on Horse Proposed as Permanent Statue for Fourth Plinth; (1) Royal Tribute: A Posthumous Statue of the Queen Is among Proposals Being Discussed for the Trafalgar Square Site (2) Plinth Sculpture: Alison Lapper Pregnant and the Current Model for A Hotel 2007

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Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY

A STATUE of the Queen on horseback could become a permanent feature of Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.

The proposal is one of a number being discussed by Westminster councillors and it is believed Boris Johnson has been informed of the plans.

The recent decision to approve Antony Gormley's project One And Other and Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's Ship In A Bottle as the next plinth artworks will still go ahead.

The sculpture of the Queen, if approved, would be erected following her death.

However, both Westminster council, which grants planning permission for plinth artworks, and the Greater London Authority, which selects the projects, said no formal decision had been made.

A GLA spokesman said: "We will not enter into speculation about the longterm future of the fourth plinth, but the GLA is concerned with managing the successful rolling programme of contemporary art." Between 1841 and 1999 there was nothing on the plinth but in 1999 the Fourth Plinth Project was created to oversee a rotation of modern artworks showcased for up to two years.

Campaigners have called for a memorial to Battle of Britain hero Sir Keith Park to have a permanent place on the plinth. Before his election as Mayor Mr Johnson said he supported the campaign but he has since changed his stance, citing "complex planning issues".

A source close to the proposals for the statue of the Queen said: "The plinth is wide enough and perfectly shaped for Her Majesty on horseback. …

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