Buckingham Palace urges mourners not to lay flowers outside Royal Family residence

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Thousands of people who wished to pay tribute to the monarch gathered outside Royal Residences at the time of the announcement of the death and on the day that followed. Flowers, handwritten messages and other gifts formed a first small memorial at the gate of Buckingham Palace in London for the 96-year-old that passed on Thursday afternoon.

But the palace is now asking people not to lay flowers there anymore and instead has issued a guidance on how members of the public can offer flowers to express their grief.

At Buckingham Palace, people will be guided to lay floral tributes at dedicated sites in Green Park or Hyde Park.

The palace said that any flowers left outside the gates of Buckingham Palace will be moved to the Green Park Floral Tribute Garden by The Royal Parks, with further guidance expected to be issued by The Royal Parks.

Guidance has been issued for tributes paid at other Royal Residences across the country, too.

There are no physical Books of Condolence at the Royal Residences.

Royal Residences will be closed until after the Queen’s funeral. This includes The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh.

Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, The Queen’s private estates, will also close for this period. In addition, Hillsborough Castle, The Sovereign’s official residence in Northern Ireland, will be closed.

A period of royal mourning has commenced and will continue until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, although a date for the funeral has not been confirmed yet.

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