The fate of flowers in honor of the Queen

At the time of Princess Diana‘s death, in London alone, an estimated sixty million flowers were left in makeshift memorials. The image of the Kensington Palace gate, in a flowery sea, has gone down in history. While exciting, there was a practical difficulty as a result. When the hearse with the Princess’s coffin left Westminster Abbey onto the Spencer family estate, it had to stop several times along the way to clear the way so it could effectively pass. A little complicated.

Even with all the affection that the subjects have for Elizabeth II, the volume deposited appears to be smaller, but the problems are the same. At least past experience has provided a pre-plan for the organization. For example, in London, flowers are requested to be placed in a specific place: Green Park. Knowing that there are those who insist on leaving their memories at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen used to stay when she was in the country’s capital, there is a notice there that – in 12 hours – the flowers will be transferred to the park. And it needs patience and breath: the line to deposit flowers and posters in front of the palace is more than an hour and a half of a walk.

And what happens next with the flowers?

Well, in 1997, when the city was full of flowers and tributes to Diana, volunteer organizations helped with the cleanup, transporting the still-living flowers to hospitals and nursing homes, and taking the decaying ones to be used as fertilizer at Kensington Gardens. In the case of Queen Elizabeth II, the floral tributes will be removed from Green Park, and taken to the nursery in Hyde Park. Packaging, cards, and labels will be separated. Whatever is still possible to will be used for composting in Kensington Gardens, as well as for shrubs and landscaping projects in Royal Parks.

In Windsor, flowers can be placed on the Long Walk at Cambridge Gate, close to the city center. Every night, the flowers have been taken inside the castle and placed on the grass on the south side of St. George’s Chapel, where the Queen will be buried, on the 19th of September. After that date, a week is expected. within 14 days, tributes are removed from park areas. Across the UK, there will be locations set aside for these honors, with the same destination.

The Queen’s body is due to leave Scotland and arrive in London on Wednesday 14th September and will remain in Westminster for public viewing until Sunday, when it will be taken to St George’s Chapel. The burial will be broadcast on TV around the world.

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