Flowers were placed outside royal residences by members of the public after the Queen’s death (Picture: by JP Yim/Getty Images)
Buckingham Palace immediately became flooded with flowers in the hours after Her Majesty’s passing was announced.
This was followed with floral tributes at Windsor Castle and Balmoral, where the Queen passed away peacefully surrounded by family.
Stunning flowers were also placed outside the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where the Queen used to spend Christmas with her family.
Such was the volume of floral tributes placed outside Buckingham Palace, they had to be moved to the Green Park tribute site by staff at the end of each day.
The royal family inspected flowers left by well-wishers at Balmoral (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Royal Parks, which manages London’s eight royal parks, have confirmed that flowers left by members of public for Queen Elizabeth II will be taken away for compost.
The process has already begun in some places, and will continue in the first seven to 14 days following Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday 19 September.
Royal Parks have confirmed the flowers will be taken to Hyde Park nursery for processing to prepare them for composting.
Once there, labels and cards will be removed from the flowers and stored away for the Royal Family to read at a later date.
The young were amongst those paying their respects to Her Majesty (Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images)
The flowers will be composted at Kensington Gardens, with the composted material then planned to be used on shrubberies and landscaping projects throughout the Royal Parks.
In a touching move, it has also been revealed that well-wishers who write their address on the back of cards left as part of the floral tributes, will receive a message from the Royal Family in the coming months thanking them for their kindness.
Royal Parks have reminded the public to remove the plastic wrappings from flowers left as tributes.
This is to help with the longevity of the flowers and to ensure they are able to be composted when the time comes.
Flowers were moved to the grounds of Windsor Castle by officials (Picture: HENRY NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Volunteers had been carefully going through the tributes to make sure that all plastic wrappings were removed from flowers to help the royal gardeners with the clean-up operation.
Makeshift unwrapping stations around royal sites were created by people wishing to help out.
People stopped to help take the plastic wrappings off flowers (Picture: Nick Edwards)
The plastic wrappings will be transferred to a recycling centre where the plastic, wherever possible, will be recycled.
Non-floral tributes including teddy bears and balloons will be stored away for the next few months until a decision is made as to what to do with them.
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