Letchworth resident 'stunned' at amount of people paying touching tribute to the Queen as Britain mourns – Herts Live


Huge crowds gathered outside royal residences up and down the country over the weekend as many royal fans paid tribute to the monarch after her sudden death aged 96 on Thursday
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A Letchworth resident was "stunned" after hundreds of thousands made the trip to Buckingham Palace yesterday (Sunday, September 11) to offer their tributes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queues of hundreds of thousands of people waited for more than two hours to pass the gates of Buckingham Palace in Central London. Transport in the capital city was packed as people were drawn to the scene of so many state occasions.
For many, the last time they had walked The Mall was to wildly ­celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year in June. Sadly this time was the complete opposite of mood changes, as huge crowds gathered in sombre, respectful silence, The Mirror reports.
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In St James’s Park, scores of children could be seen carrying flowers and Paddington bear toys to leave for the late monarch, recalling the Queen’s video with the fictional bear in June.
Susan Mitchell, 72, who travelled from Letchworth, said: “I am stunned at the number of people here. It just shows how we all feel about her. It took 90 minutes to reach Buckingham Palace from Green Park. But how could you not come?”
Mourners paused to read poignant messages left among the piles of blooms in nearby Green Park, some simply saying: “We will miss you” and “Thank you for your service”.
However, crowds cheered as King Charles arrived at the Palace at lunchtime. Kieran and Sarah Feetham helped sons Leo, eight, and five-year-old Bruce hold up a poster they had made for the occasion.
Seven-year-old Elizabeth Leigh-Hollands, from Tonbridge, Kent, said: “I followed the Queen since I found out that we had the same name. We came for the Jubilee as well. She was really special to me and I always looked up to her because we had the same name.”
Her mum Esther, 43, added: “We just felt we need to pay our respects. We wanted to be a part of history.”
Simon Thomas, 54, travelled from Reading to pay his respects. He said: “This is a moment in our history. I just felt I needed to be part of that and show out appreciation for the Queen’s service over her 70 years. I can’t believe how many people are here. It’s far more than I had expected. If it’s going to be like this for her funeral next Monday then it is going to be quite something.”
His wife Jacqui, 52, added: “She was just such an inspiration to all generations.”
In London, there were so many flowers at Green Park that well-wishers mucked in to help palace gardeners remove some of the wrappers so the flowers can eventually be composted.
Royal Parks staff have now requested that people not leave Paddingtons and sandwiches, teddy bears, balloons, or lit candles as tributes. “In the interests of sustainability, we ask visitors to only lay organic or compostable material,” the charity said.
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