Mourners Place Floral Tributes outside of Buckingham Palace in Honor of Prince Philip
With the Union Jack flying at half-mast in Birmingham in commemoration of the Duke of Edinburgh's 99 years of life, the British people flocked to the royal residence to pay their respects to the royal.
The late Prince Philip has drawn a large audience of people to Buckingham Palace, where the British public is paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh's life of service by placing flowers at the gates.
The British people are left in mourning after 99-year-old Prince Philip passed away in Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021. Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing the sad news, which caused a wave of grief throughout the UK.
Prince Philip at a ceremony to mark the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from him to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor Castle on July 22, 2020 | Getty Images
A REQUEST FOR NO FLOWERS
Britons lined the gates of the various royal homes around London with bouquets after the news of Prince Philip's passing became public. Small groups of people were seen gathered in front of the royal homes.
The public chose to ignore the request made by Buckingham Palace to not leave the floral arrangements due to the dangers that it carries with the COVID-19 pandemic. A lady who paid tribute to the royal with her young daughters at the palace shared:
"When Princess Diana passed away my mum brought me down then I did exactly the same as my daughters' done. And I was only about what, five or six?"
Along with Buckingham Palace's press release that announced the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, the royal staff members also placed an announcement at the residence's gate.
The Queen has expressed what a pillar of strength Prince Philip has been always been to her throughout their many decades of service.
The sign was removed approximately an hour after it was placed outside. The personnel was fearful that it would draw unnecessarily large crowds of people, which opposed the COVID-19 crowd control restrictions.
BLACK TAXI TRIBUTE
The drivers of the black taxis in London also rallied to pay tribute to Prince Philip. The black vehicles made a strong mourning statement as they lined The Mall, a road that links Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.
A few patriotic taxi drivers placed a Union Jack on their cars' bonnet to further demonstrate the tribute. It was a special moment as the Duke of Edinburgh was known to use a black taxi when he was traveling under the radar.
London has been filled with significant moments that have all been organized to honor the 99 years of life that Prince Philip had on Earth, including the national gun salute and the ringing of church bells in York.
Mourning Britons also expressed their condolences to the royal family, especially to the Queen, who has expressed what a pillar of strength Prince Philip has always been to her throughout their many decades of service and marriage.
Although the royal family is on the receiving end of the tributes, they are also known to step out and pay their respects to those that they know or those whose stories have touched them.
Toward the end of March, Kate Middleton attended a COVID-19 safe vigil for 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped and killed whilst walking home in London.