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I have a huge QUEEN head in my garden

THE owner of a giant Queen’s Head has shared how he loves his bizarre garden features – even if not everyone agrees.

Ben Bennett, 89, stunned neighbors when he erected two giant terracotta busts of Her Majesty and Prince Philip in 2016.

She takes pride of place alongside husband Philip

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She takes pride of place alongside husband PhilipCredit: PA

The royal fan said passers-by in Windsor, Berks., would always stop to take photos of the 12-foot shapes, which have since sunk into the earth.

They took pride of place in Mr Bennett’s front garden and were originally placed to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

But as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee begins, the shapes are attracting more attention than ever.

Mr Bennett told The Sun: “I’ve had literally thousands of children come to have their picture taken with them – they stand to attention without being asked and it’s quite amusing.

“They are in need of repairs, but they are a landmark now.

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“I was in Oxford last week and a woman told me she recognized the house as ‘the house with the heads’ because she saw it on Google. I like her.”

Images of the heads recently went viral online, leading some to question the royal likeness.

One person compared Philip to Bobby Charlton, while another wrote: “Absolutely bizarre.”

But Mr. Bennett was immediately drawn to the faces he stumbled upon when offered to vacate an empty building in London.

The father-of-five said he found the royals in a “tropical mock garden” in front of the building and was told “get those heads to go”.

Speaking at his colorful and quirky home, he explained: “They were on a trailer so I said we should get a Land Rover and we had a police escort as we took them down the M4.

“We got all the way through Windsor and got a crane to lower them down.

“You’re still on the trailer, but it’s sunk into the ground now.”

Philip said he met Prince Philip “many times” while he was alive, while the Queen herself drove by once and smiled.

He is also looking forward to the anniversary weekend – and has offered anyone who is interested the opportunity to drop by his Windsor garden.

“Anyone who wants to come and have their picture taken on the anniversary days is more than welcome,” said Mr. Bennett.

“I’m not interested in money, but if someone made a donation, I would give the money to charity.”

Ben Bennett planted the Queen's head in his front yard in 2016

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Ben Bennett planted the Queen’s head in his front yard in 2016Credit: PA
Ben Bennett stands between terracotta head sculptures of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh

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Ben Bennett stands between terracotta head sculptures of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh

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Jessica MacLeish

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