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Queen's funeral: 'Throw single flowers and remove all plastic packaging,' councils urge

·2-min read
Photo credit: OLI SCARFF - Getty Images
Photo credit: OLI SCARFF - Getty Images

Mourners wishing to leave floral tributes along the Queen's funeral procession route have been urged to throw single flowers only – and to remove all plastic packaging before doing so.

The 25-mile route to Windsor Castle, following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey, is lined with thousands of mourners saying farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.

Her coffin will be transported from the Abbey to Wellington Arch (Hyde Park Corner), ready for the journey to Windsor. Once in Windsor, the Queen's coffin will join a third procession to St George's Chapel in the castle's grounds, her final resting place.

The Queen's cortege will pass through several London boroughs, including Hounslow. 'It is expected that people will want to throw flowers following the procession. Please only throw single flowers and please ensure you remove all plastic packaging,' officials from the London Borough of Hounslow urge. 'Please do not throw or leave other tributes such as teddy bears. Bouquets and other floral tributes can be placed at war memorials and places of worship across the borough.'

Over in Windsor, there will be no opportunity to leave floral tributes on The Long Walk due to the Committal Service taking place in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead warn. 'There will be limited opportunities for floral tributes to be laid in an alternative location in central Windsor,' they explain.

On top of the coffin is a beautiful, sustainable wreath with flowers from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House. It includes rosemary, myrtle, English oak, pelagoniums, garden roses, autmnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias and scabious, all in a nest of English moss and oak branches. Attached is a personal message from King Charles III. The wreath will be buried with the Queen at St. George's Chapel.

Following the Queen's death on 8th September 2022, mourners have been leaving floral tributes all over the UK (including the Green Park Floral Tribute Garden) and at the Queen's residences, from Sandringham to Balmoral, where she passed away.

An alternative to floral tributes is to donate to a charity of which the Queen was a patron of, including the Royal Horticultural Society, Cancer Research UK and Dogs Trust.

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