London – While thousands of people queued for more than 24 hours to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin this weekend, others with little inclination opted to offer their last respects in a less altruistic way: placing flowers, messages and objects in a reserved space. Green Park.
The area is called the “Flower Tribute” and is next to the royal seat, Buckingham Palace.
But even that was difficult two days before the funeral: getting there, the queen’s fans face an almost a kilometer line on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
For this reason, tributes began to be left spontaneously in various parts of the center, even on war memorials or a statue representing a corgi dog, which was the favorite of the queen.
However, nothing compares to Floral Tribute. Along with thousands of flowers, it also brings together cards, banners, dolls, marmalade pots, and all manner of tributes paid by the monarch’s admirers.
The accessible area has been flooded with farewells or international visitors who come to understand or share the feelings of the British people who have lost their queen.
Feel the mood by browsing 25 touching tribute photos.
Teddy bear in the middle of the flowers in memory of the queen
The Paddington bear playing opposite the Queen in a video shown during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations was used by the subjects in many tributes.
Very popular with English children, the Floral Tribute is almost always accompanied by flowers and messages for the sovereign.
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marmalade for the queen
In addition to flowers, marmalade containers were also widely used in posthumous tributes to Queen Elizabeth. That’s because, in the video where Paddington plays with the queen, he says he always carries his own marmalade sandwich in his bag, just as the teddy bear carries its own sandwich in its hat.
The tributes not only refer to the figure of the queen, but also to what she represents for her subjects. Along with flowers, this message thanks Elizabeth “for showing the world how strong a woman can be.”
Among the tributes, this didn’t need words. A photo of the Queen, a color drawing, flowers and… Superwoman shirt! Do I need to say anything else?
Elizabeth the Great
Among the flowers, bands were used to stand out among the tributes. This one says the queen is a diamond and calls it “Big”.
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Babies of the Corgi breed are also very present in tributes. In this, the doll placed among the flowers was used to convey the message “Rest in peace” written on her chest.
heart of flowers
Thousands of flowers presented in memory of the Queen were arranged in several different arrangements. One of the most beautiful shapes was the huge flowery hearts scattered all over the area.
In some embodiments, the flowers themselves are arranged to convey messages. In this arrangement, within a square, the letters ER stand out: the first letter is for Elizabeth, the second is for Regina, which means queen in Latin.
These are the letters of the royal seal, which are unique to each reigning monarch and will be replaced by that of the new king.
Wreath of flowers to the letter
Flower wreaths are often used in funerals. But not all of them are used to honor the wearer of the royal crown. That’s why this arrangement, which literally has a “wreath of flowers” in the middle, is one of the highlights on the Floral Tribute.
Thumbnails of crowns also appear a lot in tributes. Above this, the affectionate inscription: “Our Queen” stands out. Along with the Canadian flag, which is part of the Commonwealth of Nations, which unites 56 independent countries, most of them former territories of the British Empire.
Elizabeth was queen of 15 known as Commonwealth kingdoms, the largest of which is Canada. As for the other members, 36 are republics and 5 have their own rulers.
Crown in the form of a crown
The one who has no crown uses creativity. This child’s message has been cut to resemble the tips of a crown, each painted in a different color. In the center of the flowers, in childlike handwriting, in homage to Queen Elizabeth reads Her Majesty “shines like a diamond.”
hats off tribute
Most tributes include objects that allude to Queen Elizabeth instead of flowers. The author of this tribute preferred to wear a hat next to the silhouette of the monarch.
Not only were the Commonwealth countries present at the commemoration. One of them was Ukraine. The ongoing war did not stop the Ukrainians from putting their flags with flowers in honor of the queen.
From Russia with love
In the propaganda war to show the sadness of the death of the queen, the Russians on the other side of the front did their part.
Next to this arrangement, a poster with the words “From Russia with love”, referring to one of the James Bond films, attracted attention. Pop queen II. Elizabeth even starred opposite James Bond in a video shown at the opening of the London Olympic Games in 2012.
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Falklands didn’t thwart Argentina’s tribute
A tribute from the Argentines was placed next to this arrangement and the phrase “Our condolences from Argentina” was included. The Falklands War (or Falklands War for the British) took place in 1982 during Elizabeth’s reign. The archipelago of small islands has been under British rule since 1833, and Argentina has claimed sovereignty over the region ever since. The failed attempt to retake it by force resulted in the deaths of 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British soldiers and 3 civilians.
The school work from the students’ classrooms was also sent for tribute. This tribute was prepared by 12 students from Langland Community School in Milton Keynes, about 70 kilometers from London.
Each student colored the queen figure in their own way. Added some hearts. The message is thanking you for all your years of service and sending much love to the queen.
Abundance of cards
Many chose to send cards to the queen. This bids farewell to the queen with tearful eyes instead of two letters. “We will miss you” inscription on one of her tears.
Queen’s playing cards are also II. It was used to commemorate Elizabeth in a montage along with a photograph. In this picture, the photo of Elizabeth appears as the queen of diamonds.
Candles and more candles
An area is reserved for candles in the Floral Tribute area. In the middle is a doll from the queen’s dog.
The dolls representing Queen Elizabeth couldn’t be missing either. In addition to the coat, this tribute even includes a necklace that refers to the jewels worn by the monarch.
In the tribute highlighting a child’s drawing, the iconic representation of Queen Elizabeth stands out among the flowers: a dominant color in the dress, the tiara and… her trademark bag.
Matching color from head to toe
In this other tribute, the baby is dressed by putting all the pieces together, from the hat to the shoes. Queen style.
In this tribute, the queen is represented with a huge smiling face. The golden crown completes the picture surrounded by flowers.
There are also many references to Prince Philip, who died in 2021. In this tribute, a painting of Queen Elizabeth with her husband among flowers is accompanied by a handwritten message: “Together again, forever.”
A frame with a color picture of a 10-year-old boy, Queen Elizabeth II. It shows Elizabeth holding hands with Paddington Bear. She says: “I have fulfilled my duties. Paddington, please take me to my husband.”
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