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Statues of the Queen and Prince Philip to be added in Norwich Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 10:35 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 15 May 2017

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Photo by John Stillwell/PA

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Photo by John Stillwell/PA

New statues of the Queen and Prince Philip are to installed in Norwich Cathedral to mark the 65th anniversary of the monarch’s coronation next year.

Proposed designs of the statues to be placed in Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Supplied by Norwich Cathedral Proposed designs of the statues to be placed in Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Supplied by Norwich Cathedral

The specially-commissioned statues will be carved by York-based sculptor Charles Gurrey and be positioned in the cathedral cloisters above the stone troughs where monks once washed their hands before and after meals.

The statues will sit beside those of King George V, Queen Mary, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, carved in the late 1930s by sculptor Gilbert Ledward RA, known for his war memorials in London.

Mr Gurrey has previously completed work at other notable cathedrals in the UK, including a portable font in York Minster and a programme of architectural sculptures over the west doors at Guildford.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, said: “The fondness for Norfolk shared by both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh is well known.

The vacant spaces on the Norwich Cathedral cloister will be filled with statues of the Queen and Prince Phillip. Picture: Supplied by Norwich Cathedral The vacant spaces on the Norwich Cathedral cloister will be filled with statues of the Queen and Prince Phillip. Picture: Supplied by Norwich Cathedral

“I believe that many people in the county will be delighted with the proposal to fill two empty niches in the cloisters with statues of the Queen and Prince Philip.

These will be an elegant reminder of our permanent gratitude for their service to nation and Commonwealth.”

The Dean and Chapter of Norwich Cathedral will be fund raising toward the cost of the new statues and are welcoming donations from anyone wishing to show their support.

Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson said: “The announcement that Prince Philip is now ‘winding down’ his duties as he approaches his 96th birthday reminds us all of the long lifetime of service that he and the Queen have given the nation. Norfolk people, too, feel a strong connection through the royal couple’s love of Sandringham. I am sure that many of us will be pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to the cost of the two figures which will bear witness to our high regard and gratitude.”

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

People wishing to contribute to the cost of the project can send a cheque payable to Norwich Cathedral (marked cloisters on the reverse) to The Chapter Steward, The Chapter Office, 65 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH. Any funds left over after the costs have been met will be applied to the ongoing conservation of the cloisters.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on June 2, 1953.

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