Floral tributes to Queen will go on display then turned to compost

Floral tributes to Queen will go on display then turned to compost

September 20, 2022

Sea of flowers that mourners left in tribute to the Queen will be put on display in Green Park and Hyde Park before being turned to compost to be used in royal parks

  • Floral tributes left around the capital will be moved to Green Park and Hyde Park 
  • Royal Parks staff will monitor the flowers and remove any that have deteriorated
  • Tributes are expected to be gone within 14 days with flowers turned to compost
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

The sea of flowers that mourners have left in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II will be taken to Green Park and Hyde Park before being turned into compost.

Since the Queen’s death was confirmed on September 8, thousands of mourners have left floral tributes in locations across the capital including outside Buckingham Palace and along the Mall.

The Queen was finally laid to rest with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh during a private evening burial service attended just by close family in Windsor.

The Royal Family will observe seven days of mourning and are not expected to carry out official engagements, after more than a week of being under the world’s gaze while performing ceremonial duties following the Queen’s death.

As the mourning period comes to an end, the Royal Parks have said that all floral tributes will be moved to Green Park and Hyde Park so that visitors and well-wishers can continue to view them.

The charity said it is expected that all floral tributes will be removed from park areas within seven to fourteen days after the funeral.

The sea of flowers that mourners have left in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II will be taken to Green Park and Hyde Park before being turned into compost. Pictured: Green Park memorial


Staff will monitor the flowers and remove any that are deteriorating. Pictured: Green Park

Park staff are expected to monitor the tributes throughout and if flowers have deteriorated, they will be removed and taken to the Hyde Park nursery for processing to prepare them for composting.

Labels and cards will be separated from flowers and stored, Royal Parks says.

Once floral tributes are removed, they will be taken to the Hyde Park nursery for processing to remove any remaining packaging, cards and labels and to separate plant material for composting in nearby Kensington Gardens.

This organic composted material will be used on shrubberies and landscaping projects across the Royal Parks.

Elsewhere, the Government issued guidance for councils and places of worship advises that floral tributes should be removed from today by 9am and flags should no longer be flown at half mast.

Tributes left outside Royal properties are expected to remain for the duration of the Royal Family’s mourning period. 

Children across the nation paid their respects with the teddy bears and sandwiches in a nod to the delightful sketch filmed for Platinum Jubilee. Pictured: A Paddington tribute in Edinburgh

Royal gardeners had the mammoth task of removing the plastic wrap from the flowers laid and were forced to urge members of the public to avoid leaving Paddington Bear toys and Marmalade sandwiches as tributes.

Paddingtons and marmalade sandwiches were left with the flowers after the Queen’s comic sketch with Michael Bond’s beloved cartoon bear in June.

The two-minute video sees Paddington and the Queen taking tea in Buckingham Palace as the Jubilee celebrations begin.

Paddington Bear hilariously defies royal etiquette by drinking straight out of the teapot, crushing a cake and pulling a marmalade sandwich out of his hat.

Queen Elizabeth took the opportunity to showcase her sense of humour by bringing a sandwich out of her bag that she keeps ‘for later’.

Yesterday, the state funeral for the late Queen at Westminster Abbey was attended by dignitaries including hundreds of heads of state, and with London full with mourners the event called for the largest policing operation undertaken by the Metropolitan Police.

Flowers and bouquets cover the royal hearse as the Queen arrives in Windsor yesterday

Pictured: A person holds a rose to throw, as Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is transported to Windsor

Among the 2,000-strong congregation at the abbey were foreign royalty, leading figures from UK life and world leaders including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

During his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury told the congregation the outpouring of emotion for the Queen ‘arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us’.

Justin Welby described the Queen as having touched ‘a multitude of lives’ and being a ‘joyful’ figure for many.

Crowds threw roses in front of the Queen’s coffin and cheered her for the last time as she was returned to Windsor Castle to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip and her parents in the medieval splendour of St George’s Chapel. 

In extraordinary and moving scenes, an estimated 2million well-wishers lined the streets to say farewell to Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, with showers of bouquets greeting her hearse as it drove from West London to Berkshire.

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