Prince Philip should be honoured with a statue – ‘Dedicated his life to Queen!’

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A petition was launched for a statue of the Queen’s husband to be erected following his death to honour the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history. The petition was launched by campaign group Save Our Statues calling for a monument of Philip to be erected in London.

An Express.co.uk poll – which ran from 2.45pm yesterday to 10.30am today – asked: “Should a statue be built to celebrate Prince Philip’s life?”

Out of 8,624 votes, 89 percent (7,697) of people backed the calls for a statue to be erected in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Just 11 percent (858) said a statue should not be built and only 69 people said ‘don’t know’.

Responding in the comments section, one person said: “It’s a question that should not even be asked.

“Of course Philip should be recognised for his loyal support to wife and Crown.”

Another Express.co.uk reader said: “Prince Phillip has dedicated his entire adult life to Queen, country and Commonwealth and deserves recognition for many other things also.

“Give the Prince the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.”

Someone else echoed: “Of course there should be a statue of the Duke, he gave his life to duty as the Queen’s consort, the longest in British history, he founded the D of E award scheme in 1956 and was patron to 800 charities.

“I suggest a statue of him in uniform on a horse to put on the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.”

Another added: “If anyone deserves a statue Prince Philip does!

“73yrs of marriage and service to this country is a great contribution to his royal duty, apart from the contribution he made during and after the war to the military!”

Someone else said a memorial dedicated to the Duke would be “quite suitable”.

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A sixth person said: “A man of his time. A real man. A great husband. A stalwart for Britain.

“The biggest statue ever should be built.”

Another commented: “Prince Phillip was much more than the Queen’s consort.

“He was a war hero and tireless servant to our country.

“He was the watch officer who spotted the Italian Fleet at the Battle of Matapan, that swung the balance of sea power in the Med in favour of the Allies.

“The fact that he was the oldest member of the British Royal Family in history alone warrants his memorial in stone, his other achievements merely confirms the justification of such a memorial.”

The Save Our Statues petition read: “The Duke of Edinburgh served our country for 78 years, serving 13 in the Royal Navy & then 65 as Britain’s longest-serving consort, including 22,000 engagements & supporting 780 organisations.

“We say there should be a prominent statue of the Duke in London to recognise the above, as well as his great personal dedication and support to Her Majesty the Queen.”

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