Duke of Edinburgh statue may be permanently placed on fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square

A statue of Prince Philip may stand on the famed fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

A proposed memorial to the Duke of Edinburgh is being considered for the prime spot which has been used for a rotating selection of modern art for the last 20 years.

The statue of the 98-year-old duke would be commissioned after his death as a tribute the longest-serving consort in British history, who has more than 22,000 public engagements under his belt.

Originally designed for an equestrian statue of King William IV, the plinth has previously been reserved for spectacular and often controversial art pieces.

It is currently occupied by a winged bull-like creature made of tin cans called The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, created by the artist Michael Rakowitz to highlight the artifacts stolen in the aftermath of the Iraq War.

A giant blue cockerel, a skeletal horse and a man who once climbed up and shed his clothes have also stood on the granite plinth.