‘Stood up for contemporary art’: Royal expert defends Sadiq Khan in row over Queen statue

A statue in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II has been proposed for the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square, a position currently used to showcase an array of modern sculptures. Sadiq Khan has opposed calls for such a memorial as the London Mayor argued the fourth plinth should remain a rotating display platform for contemporary art. Appearing on GB News, royal commentator Jennie Bond revealed she backed the opinions of Mr Khan. She said: “I think he is just standing up for contemporary art.”

Speaking on GB News, Ms Bond declared her support for the London Mayor, commenting: “I’m quite with Sadiq Khan on this.”

She continued: “I think the fourth plinth should be for contemporary art and it should change every two years.

“It was Prue Leith’s idea back in the 1990s and I think Prue showed very good judgement. 

“The Labour administration of Sadiq Khan has made it clear that there are plenty of places within London where there could be a statue of the Queen.

“The Labour administration would be absolutely for that, they’ve just got to discuss it with the Royal Family.”

A spokesman for Sadiq Khan said: “The fourth plinth will continue to showcase new works by world-class artists for the foreseeable future. There are planned fourth plinth exhibits for the next four years.”

From the end of 2022, the space will be occupied by a statue of John Chilembwe, a baptist who led an uprising against colonial rule in Malawi, created by artist Samson Kambalu. In 2024, a modern sculpture titled “850 imprints” by Teresa Margolles will fill the fourth plinth for a further two years.

The London Mayor’s office has clarified that Mr Khan would be in support of a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II in a different location within the capital.

A statement read: “A statue of the Queen at a suitable location in London is a matter for the Royal family to consider, and of course the Greater London Authority stands ready to support them in their wishes.”

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