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Queen tributes: Buckingham Palace asks public to lay flowers at Green Park and Hyde Park instead

Buckingham Palace today asked emotional well-wishers to redirect floral tributes to Green Park and Hyde Park instead, while local florists sold out of bouquets as tens of thousands flocked to pay their respects to the Queen.

Tearful mourners, many dressed all in black, congregated beside hundreds of colourful bouquets and messages at the central London palace, which had been left overnight and early in the morning. 

A large Union flag in tones of black and grey has been pinned to the right flank of the gates, while police officers kept a crowd back from the main gates further to the left. 

The Palace said this morning any more visitors who wish to leave floral tributes will be guided to lay them at dedicated sites in Green Park or Hyde Park.

Flowers left outside the Palace gates will be moved to the Green Park Floral Tribute Garden by The Royal Parks later today, a sign told visitors today.

Bouquets are now being sold by charity staff in the park after several nearby shops sold out due to rocketing demand in the area.

At Windsor Castle, floral tributes can be left at Cambridge Gate on the Long Walk. These flowers will be brought inside the castle each evening and placed on the castle chapter grass on the south side of St George’s Chapel and Cambridge Drive.

Meanwhile, at the Sandringham Estate, people are encouraged to leave floral tributes at the Norwich Gates. At Balmoral Castle, floral tributes can be left at the main gate.

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, people are encouraged to give floral tributes to the wardens at the entrance to The Queen’s Gallery. Those flowers will be laid on the forecourt grass in front of the Palace’s north turret.

And at Hillsborough Castle, floral tributes may be laid on the castle forecourt in front of the main gates.

 

A woman sheds tears after laying down floral tributes at Buckingham Palace to the Queen, who died yesterday aged 96

A woman sheds tears after laying down floral tributes at Buckingham Palace to the Queen, who died yesterday aged 96

 

A woman appears emotional as members of the public leave flowers and tributes outside Buckingham Palace this morning

A woman appears emotional as members of the public leave flowers and tributes outside Buckingham Palace this morning

 

A woman wipes away a tear as she stands with a boquet of flowers outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman wipes away a tear as she stands with a boquet of flowers outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 

Mourners gather at Balmoral Castle this morning where the Queen died yesterday at the age of 96

Mourners gather at Balmoral Castle this morning where the Queen died yesterday at the age of 96

 

A police officer places flowers at Buckingham Palace this morning, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

A police officer places flowers at Buckingham Palace this morning, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

 

People gather to pay their respects outside Buckingham Palace in London on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96

People gather to pay their respects outside Buckingham Palace in London on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96

 

A person carries floral tribute in front of Buckingham Palace this morning, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth yesterday

A person carries floral tribute in front of Buckingham Palace this morning, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth yesterday

People hug each other as they gather to pay their respects outside Buckingham Palace in London this morning

 

People hug each other as they gather to pay their respects outside Buckingham Palace in London this morning

 

People gather outside Buckingham Palace in the early hours of this morning, after the Queen's death was announced yesterday

People gather outside Buckingham Palace in the early hours of this morning, after the Queen’s death was announced yesterday

 

A woman appears emotional as members of the public leave flowers and tributes outside Buckingham Palace this morning

A woman appears emotional as members of the public leave flowers and tributes outside Buckingham Palace this morning

 

A man pauses next to flowers and tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace this morning

A man pauses next to flowers and tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace this morning

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 

A person reacts near floral tributes placed at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth yesterday

A person reacts near floral tributes placed at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth yesterday

 

People leave flowers at Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth yesterday

People leave flowers at Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth yesterday

 

Mourners, many dressed all in black, congregated beside hundreds of colourful bouquets and messages at the central London palace, which had been left overnight and early in the morning

Mourners, many dressed all in black, congregated beside hundreds of colourful bouquets and messages at the central London palace, which had been left overnight and early in the morning

 

A police officer reacts as he stands guard in front of Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

A police officer reacts as he stands guard in front of Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

 

A woman salutes after laying flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman salutes after laying flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

Leo Cheung, 37, who has lived in London for 20 years after moving from Hong Kong, was one of hundreds of mourners to lay flowers at Buckingham Palace.

He said: ‘We have a very strong connection to the Queen. We are quite neutral towards the royal family but the Queen has been there since we were born. She was part of our lives and it’s sad to see someone we know pass away.’

Norman Ashley, who was carrying an Australian flag outside Buckingham Palace, said the ‘new era’ of the British monarchy could act as a ‘uniting force’ for the world amid the war in Ukraine.

When asked what the Queen meant to him, he said: ‘We’ve had a feeling of dread for the last week or two because of her deteriorating health. It means a lot to us because she was the Queen of Australia, there’s a Union Jack on our flag and our connection couldn’t have been any closer.’

He added: ‘Perhaps also during this time of world conflict, we can all focus on something else – this emergence into a new era, a uniting force.’

Christine Ashley, 68, from Canberra in Australia, said she landed in the UK for a holiday with her husband Norman Ashley, 71, on Thursday – the day the Queen died – and felt like she had ‘walked into history’.

Speaking outside Buckingham Palace, Mrs Ashley, a dual British-Australian national, said: ‘It’s very sad, very, very sad. Like everyone’s been saying, she’s been part of our lives.’

Mrs Ashley added: ‘I’m a dual citizen, I grew up in the UK, and it’s a time of uncertainty and the Queen was one of those stabilising factors around the world in these troubling times. ‘So I guess there’s a sense of dread about what the future holds.’

One visitor, a nine-year-old a girl called Sally clutching her father’s hand summed up the mood of the nation as she said: ‘We will miss you so much.’

The steady stream of mourners walked silently towards the Palace railings where they were able to lay their flowers. Traffic around the Queen Victoria Memorial had been blocked off allowing visitors easy access to the Palace.

The main entrance gates were kept clear as the Prime Minister is due to meet King Charles later today before he gives a televised address to the nation.

Many of those arriving at the Palace, with the Union Jack flag lowered to half mast, seemed lost in thought as they struggled to come to terms with the longest serving Monarch.

‘The Queen has been there all my life, and now it seems so strange that she is not. And that makes our country a sadder place, said Jenny Blake, 54, from Bromley, south-east London.

‘She has done so much for our country I wanted to come here to pay my respects.’

A large number of those dropping bouquet of flowers were commuters on their way to work.

Stuart Allen brought flowers from his two young daughters and placed them on the railings before heading g into his office in nearby Victoria

He said: ‘It was the right thing to do. As long as I have been alive the Queen has been a constant. This is a huge occasion for the country with the passing of one Monarch and now we have a King.’

Many tourists stood outside the gates taking photos on their mobile phones. Among the written tributes were a child’s drawing of the Queen. Another note written in pencil read ‘You will always reign in our heart.’

Gus Aledrea, from Minneapolis, said: ‘It does remind me a lot of when Princess Di died. We did not leave our TV sets for days. The Queen was just magnificent, and we are never going to see the likes of her again’

Meanwhile, well-wishers braved pouring rain to lay flowers at the gates of Balmoral Castle this morning.

A steady stream of mourners crossed the bridge over the River Dee to offer their condolences to the royal family.

Among them were friends Kay McClennan and Sarah McCoshim who had driven through the Highlands to pay their respects .

Kay, 55, said: ‘We came to pay our respects to the Queen and the royal family. It’s the least we can do. It doesn’t seem real. We only saw her two days ago smiling.’

Sarah, 56, added: ‘I was in London when Princess Diana died. I went to Kensington Palace with some girlfriends from the office to lay flowers. So when I heard the news about the Queen last night I knew I had to come here and do the same.’

The friends both thrive in Blargowerie about 30-minute drive from the castle. Mourners also left poignant messages with their floral tributes.

One read: ‘A mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, your work here is done.’ It was signed Charlotte, Adam, Harriet and Tilly. Another read: ‘throughout the years thank you for your service’.

 

Tributes are placed outside Buckingham Palace this morning following the death of the Queen on Thursday

Tributes are placed outside Buckingham Palace this morning following the death of the Queen on Thursday

 

A child stands near the floral tributes placed at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth

A child stands near the floral tributes placed at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth

 

Boquets of flowers are left on the gate at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

Boquets of flowers are left on the gate at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

A woman leaves after laying flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman leaves after laying flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

People leave flowers at Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth yesterday

People leave flowers at Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth yesterday

 

Police officers rearrange flowers, candles and flags laid outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London this morning

Police officers rearrange flowers, candles and flags laid outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London this morning

 

People look at flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

People look at flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

A person holds a floral tribute in front of Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth yesterday

A person holds a floral tribute in front of Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth yesterday

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday

 

A Ukrainian flag is placed among other tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace this morning

A Ukrainian flag is placed among other tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace this morning

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 

A woman lays flowers by the railings at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman lays flowers by the railings at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Raindrops are seen on a photograph left at the gates of Buckingham Palace by a mourner in London this morning

Raindrops are seen on a photograph left at the gates of Buckingham Palace by a mourner in London this morning

 

A woman lays flowers by the railings at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman lays flowers by the railings at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

A person reacts near Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, in London yesterday

A person reacts near Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, in London yesterday

 

Floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth are left at the gates of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh this morning following her death yesterday

Floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth are left at the gates of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh this morning following her death yesterday

 

A woman lays flowers by the railings at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman lays flowers by the railings at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

A family arrive to leave flowers at Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A family arrive to leave flowers at Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth are left at the gates of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh this morning after her death yesterday

Floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth are left at the gates of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh this morning after her death yesterday

 

A family arrive to leave flowers at Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A family arrive to leave flowers at Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Security teams arrange floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth are left at the gates of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh today

Security teams arrange floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth are left at the gates of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh today

 

A sign outside Buckingham Palace reads: 'Floral tributes in this area will be removed after 12 hours and placed in the tribute area in Green Park'

A sign outside Buckingham Palace reads: ‘Floral tributes in this area will be removed after 12 hours and placed in the tribute area in Green Park’

 

A woman lays flowers among tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace this morning

A woman lays flowers among tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace this morning

 

Flowers and tributes outside of Windsor Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

Flowers and tributes outside of Windsor Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

 

Kim Tattersall (left) with her mother Erica (right) outside Buckingham Palace today following the death of the Queen

Kim Tattersall (left) with her mother Erica (right) outside Buckingham Palace today following the death of the Queen

 

A police officer holds his head in his hands as he stands beside thousands of floral tributes for the Queen

A police officer holds his head in his hands as he stands beside thousands of floral tributes for the Queen

 

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

 

Roman Diasamidze holds flowers outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Queen yesterday

Roman Diasamidze holds flowers outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Queen yesterday

 

A child leaves a flower outside the gate to Buckingham Palace a day after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

A child leaves a flower outside the gate to Buckingham Palace a day after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

 

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

 

Johnathan Cadge holds flowers outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Queen yesterday

Johnathan Cadge holds flowers outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Queen yesterday

 

A police officer looks at flowers laid outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A police officer looks at flowers laid outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

 

People lay flowers at Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at the age of 96 on Thursday

People lay flowers at Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at the age of 96 on Thursday

 

Flowers are laid outside of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

Flowers are laid outside of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

Thousands of well-wishers flocked to the iconic royal landmarks last night as news broke of the monarch’s passing.

A Union flag atop Buckingham Palace lowered at 6.30pm. It drew gasps from the crowd who knew what the symbolic gesture meant.

The sad news of the Queen’s death was then announced officially. Some people in the crowd wept as others gave an impromptu rendition of God Save The Queen.

As the sun broke through the clouds this morning, many more emotional faces were seen arriving to pay their own personal respects to Her Majesty, as the country is plunged into a period of official mourning.

At midday today, bells are set to toll at St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey and other churches across the country to honour her. 

It comes after senior royals dashed to be at the Queen’s bedside yesterday, but are said to have tragically not reached Balmoral in time before she passed. 

Only her eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were already in Scotland at the time of the Monarch’s sudden turn for the worse, were able to make it to the royal estate before her death, sources said last night.

All Her Majesty’s children, as well as grandson Prince William, had rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. Buckingham Palace released a statement at 12.32pm saying the Queen’s doctors were ‘concerned’ for her health and recommended she remain under medical supervision while family members were informed.

Charles was already at his mother’s side at her beloved Highland home after senior aides, fearing the worst, sent the Queen’s burgundy-liveried helicopter up from Windsor at 6.48am to collect him from Dumfries House in Ayrshire, where he had stayed the night after conducting several official engagements. He made it to Balmoral by 10.27am.

His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall – now Queen Consort, as Elizabeth II requested earlier this year – was already at Birkhall, the couple’s Scottish retreat, and was driven over by car to join him.

It is understood that the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, was already with her mother as she had been undertaking engagements in the area.

Staff hurriedly arranged for a jet to collect the Queen’s other children – Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York – as well as the Countess of Wessex, whom the Queen adores and treats like a second daughter – and bring them up to Aberdeen.

Her grandson, Prince William joined them. His wife Kate remained with their three children, who have recently started a new school.

The sombre family group arrived in Scotland at 4pm, sweeping through the gates at Balmoral in a Range Rover driven by William at 5.06pm. Although Buckingham Palace has not confirmed the time of death, it is thought that they were unable to see their much-loved matriarch before she died.

By coincidence the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – now sadly estranged from most family members – were in Britain from their home in California and due to undertake a charity engagement in London before flying back home to their children.

There was confusion when their spokesman initially said that both Harry and Meghan would fly up to Balmoral to join the family, which caused surprise as spouses would normally be unlikely to join close relatives at a time of personal grief.

But it was later confirmed that Harry would travel alone and he finally arrived at his grandmother’s home at 7.52pm. He was still in the air when the death was confirmed.

 

A man lays flowers outside Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

A man lays flowers outside Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

 

Flowers and tributes outside of Windsor Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

Flowers and tributes outside of Windsor Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

 

People arrive to place flowers outside of Buckingham Palace in London, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96

People arrive to place flowers outside of Buckingham Palace in London, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96

 

People place flowers at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth in London yesterday

People place flowers at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in London yesterday

 

A person reacts near Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, in London yesterday

A person reacts near Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, in London yesterday

 

Flowers and tributes outside of Windsor Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

Flowers and tributes outside of Windsor Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

 

18-month-old George Tate from London is shown flowers and tributes by his mother as they visit Buckingham Palace

18-month-old George Tate from London is shown flowers and tributes by his mother as they visit Buckingham Palace

 

A woman looks emotional as she leaves after laying flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman looks emotional as she leaves after laying flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

Flowers at the gates of Balmoral in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

A woman sheds tears as she arrives to pay tribute to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace in London this morning

A woman sheds tears as she arrives to pay tribute to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace in London this morning

 

Mourners lay flowers at the gates of Balmoral Castle this morning following the death of the Queen yesterday

Mourners lay flowers at the gates of Balmoral Castle this morning following the death of the Queen yesterday

 

Floral tributes hang from the railings of Buckingham Palace a day after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Floral tributes hang from the railings of Buckingham Palace a day after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

 

A woman lays flowers outside the railings of Buckingham Palace to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday

A woman lays flowers outside the railings of Buckingham Palace to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday

People react as they lay flowers and tributes outside Buckingham Palace in London on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96

 

People react as they lay flowers and tributes outside Buckingham Palace in London on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96

 

A woman sheds tears as she arrives to pay tribute to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace in London this morning

A woman sheds tears as she arrives to pay tribute to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace in London this morning

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 

A man reacts near floral tributes placed at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth

A man reacts near floral tributes placed at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth

 

A man with a young child lays flowers outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

A man with a young child lays flowers outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 

Mourners lay flowers at the gates of Balmoral Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

Mourners lay flowers at the gates of Balmoral Castle this morning after the death of the Queen was announced yesterday

 

A woman lights a candle outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

A woman lights a candle outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 

Messages of condolence are left along with flowers on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle this morning

Messages of condolence are left along with flowers on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle this morning

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

 

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

Mourners came to lay flowers and leave messages of sympathy on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle from early this morning

 

Flowers are laid outside of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

Flowers are laid outside of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday 

 

Young mourners lay flowers at the gates of Balmoral Castle following the death of the Queen yesterday

Young mourners lay flowers at the gates of Balmoral Castle following the death of the Queen yesterday

 

A mourners is overcome with emotion as he pays his respect at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

A mourners is overcome with emotion as he pays his respect at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

 

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died

Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace in Central London today to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died

The Queen’s death was finally announced at 6.32pm in a short black-edged statement from Buckingham Palace which read simply: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.’

Today Operation London Bridge will swing into action, the period of ten days between the Queen’s death and her state funeral, which is expected to take place on Monday September 19, as the country is plunged into a period of official mourning.

The Queen’s coffin is expected to remain at Balmoral for at least the next two days before being flown back down to London next week.

But the pendulum to introduce His Majesty to his people will also begin to swing, with Charles and Camilla returning to London as King and Queen Consort today. He is expected to hold his Accession Council tomorrow.

Last night Miss Truss hosted a meeting of ministers, police and royal officials to discuss arrangements for the period of mourning leading up to the Queen’s funeral.

The Union flag on Buckingham Palace was poignantly lowered to half-mast yesterday, while a framed plaque of the statement announcing the Queen’s death was placed on the front gates by royal household staff.

The Royal Standard is never flown at half-mast, even after the Queen’s death, as there is always a monarch on the throne. Flags will fly at half-mast on UK Government buildings in tribute to the Queen from now until the morning after her funeral.

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

A number of big events have already been cancelled, including the BBC’s Proms and its famous crescendo, Last Night of the Proms, which were due to take place on Friday and Saturday.

Source: Dailymail

 

 

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