Queen Elizabeth’s national memorial to be unveiled on this specific date

Royal family waves to the crowds after Queen Elizabeth II coronation

Plans for a permanent memorial to Queen Elizabeth II will be unveiled in 2026, to coincide with what would have been her 100th birthday, the government has said.

The Cabinet Office said Robin Janvrin, Elizabeth’s former private secretary, has been appointed as chairman of the Queen Elizabeth memorial committee to consider how to appropriately honour the late monarch, who died last September after 70 years on the throne.

The Queen was spending her annual summer holiday at her beloved Balmoral in Scotland, where she passed away on September 8 aged 96.

Mr Janvrin and other committee officials will take into account Her Majesty’s lifetime of public service and royal duty, as well as the causes she supported, with plans for a national legacy programme to be created in her name.

Mr Janvrin said: “It will be a unique challenge to try to capture for future generations Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary contribution to our national life throughout her very long reign.”

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The plans will be presented to King Charles and the Prime Minister for their approval, ahead of the late Queen’s 100th birthday in April 2026.

The public will also be invited to contribute their own ideas for a permanent memorial, such as a statue, or a “living” memorial which could involve new facilities such as a park or a charitable cause.

In 1955, the Queen unveiled a statue of her own father, King George VI, on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace to commemorate his life and reign.

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As well as the physical memorial, grants were awarded after the death of King George to organisations that supported young people and the elderly.

Meanwhile a statue of the Queen’s grandfather, George V, stands opposite the Houses of Parliament while a memorial fund in his honour supported a network of 506 parks, playing fields, recreational grounds and green spaces across the UK.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden said: “Queen Elizabeth II was our longest reigning monarch and greatest public servant. Lord Janvrin will now begin the important work of designing a fitting tribute to her legacy of service to our nation and the Commonwealth.”

Next week will mark one year since the death of the Queen, with the royals expected to commemorate the occasion privately.

King Charles and Queen Camilla are likely to still be at Balmoral, where the Queen died, as they have been spending the annual royal summer holiday there.

Prince William and Princess Kate will be in Wales at St David’s Cathedral, as they recommence royal duties after their summer break.

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