As Charles III is proclaimed King, crowds lay a sea of ​​flowers from their gardens and children’s drawings

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view of flowers at the gates of Buckingham Palace on September 09, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images) Paddington Bear

There has been a steady stream of flowers brought to royal residences by those wishing to pay tribute to the Queen following her death.

The thousands that lined the gates to Buckingham Palace have now been moved to nearby Green Park, where mourners have been encouraged to leave any further tributes.

A once green carpet of grass is now injected with a rainbow of bright colors from sunflowers, tulips and lilies of the valley – thought to be the Queen’s favourite.

Among the sea of ​​tributes are flowers grown in well-wishers own gardens and children’s drawings of much-loved characters.

Franek Ochocki, 10, brought a bunch of pink roses for the Queen along with his drawing of Paddington Bear and his recognizable marmalade sandwich.

“The Queen was a very nice person and very helpful to everyone,” Franek said. He added that he wanted to pay tribute to the Queen as a fellow fan of Paddington, whom he described as “funny”.

His mother, Magda Swiecicka, said she didn’t expect to become as emotional as she did upon hearing the news of the Queen’s passing.

Franek Ochocki, 10, with pink flowers and his picture of Paddington Bear for the Queen (Photo: Ellen O’Dwyer/iNews)

Most tributes are being laid down in rows, although some are stacked against tree trunks, as people walk the aisles between bouquets, reading the messages, and looking at photographs and drawings to the Queen.

The Palace gates, where King Charles III unexpectedly met well-wishers on Friday, have been cleared of bouquets overnight.

A swift moving queue formed at the gates to the park on Saturday, the early morning stillness giving way to chatter and a few dogs barking.

Many in the waiting crowds appeared to be walking in the direction of St James’s Palace, where the accession of King Charles took place.

The Pearson family said they felt similarly emotional after the Queen’s death. They had chosen hydrangeas from their own garden to leave for the Queen.

Spencer, 13, Karina, and Chloë Pearson with flowers from their garden for the Queen (Photo: Ellen O’Dwyer/iNews)

“She was very inspirational, the way she lived her life for everyone else,” Chloe, 17, said.

“Also she was very relatable, she was a very lovely person,” her younger brother Spencer, 13, said.

Their mother, Karina Pearson, who is originally from Hong Kong and has lived in Melbourne, Australia, said the impact of the Queen’s death was being felt across the world.

Her mother in Singapore, who remembered seeing the Queen on her visit to Toa Payoh in 1972, had been in touch, she said.

Nearby florists had sold out due to rocketing demand for flowers on Friday, with charity staff selling white flowers for those streaming down the pathways in Green Park that lead to the Palace.

Why are flowers being moved from the gates of Buckingham Palace?

Many of the hundreds of bouquets that have been laid at Buckingham Palace in tribute to the Queen are now being moved to a designated area at nearby Green Park.

Notices have been placed outside the gates of the palace advising the public that floral tributes left there will be moved after 12 hours.

The Palace has also issued guidance advising those who wish to leave tributes outside the Queen’s central London residence to lay them at designated areas in Green Park or Hyde Park instead.

The public has also been informed of specific areas where floral tributes can be left at other royal residences too. At Windsor Castle, tributes are to be left at Cambridge Gate on the Long Walk.

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.

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

At Sandringham, in Norfolk, people are advised to leave floral tributes at the Norwich Gates.

And at both Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, and Hillsborough Castle, in Northern Ireland, flowers are to be left in front of the main gates.

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