Hundreds of mourners lined the streets outdoors Buckingham Palace on Saturday, the place they paid respects to the Queen and hoped to catch a glimpse of King Charles III.

The well-wishers introduced with them a vibrant array of flowers, notes and tributes as they packed the Mall. By noon, the world surrounding the palace was near full.

A mourner lays a bouquet of flowers outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday.
A mourner lays a bouquet of flowers outdoors Buckingham Palace on Saturday. {Photograph}: Loïc Venance/AFP/Getty Photos

One word written by a toddler and left tied to a close-by lamp-post learn: “To the Queen, I hope you want heaven. I really like you. Goodbye. From Gracey.”

Among the many mourners who felt compelled to journey to central London was 54-year-old Julie Sanders, from Ashtead, who mentioned she admired the Queen due to her standing as a feminine function mannequin.

Julie Sanders holding flowers outside Buckingham Palace
Julie Sanders mentioned the Queen had been an ‘astonishing function mannequin’ for ladies. {Photograph}: Sophia Evans/The Observer

“I wasn’t a passionate royalist or something, however I’m not a republican both,” she mentioned. “I simply suppose for a girl to present her entire life to serve all of us is astonishing actually.

“She gave it selflessly, that was her dedication and that’s what she did with out fail. She was a spouse, a mom as properly, and, as a lady, she was an astonishing function mannequin.”

In a becoming tribute to the brand new King Charles III, there have been a exceptional variety of Cavalier King Charles spaniel canines who had additionally made the journey to Buckingham Palace.

One in all them, Twiggy, belonged to Estelle Isaacs, from London, who mentioned the Queen had transformed her from being a republican.

Estelle Isaacs with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Twiggy
Estelle Isaacs together with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Twiggy. {Photograph}: Sophia Evans/The Observer

She mentioned: “I’m right here to put some flowers for the Queen. I truly was once fairly anti-royal however I’ve come round to it. As a half-Venezuelan, I’ve seen what’s occurred on the market and it’s made me respect the steadiness of the royal household.”

Sam Parton, 31, from Balham, described himself as “very patriotic” and mentioned he had come to pay his respects to the Queen.

Sam Parton and Lily Reynolds outside Buckingham Palace
Sam Parton and Lily Reynolds needed to point out their respects on a ‘monumental day’. {Photograph}: Sophia Evans/The Observer

“It’s a monumental day so we needed to come back down to point out our respects to an distinctive girl who gave her life to our nation,” he mentioned.

“I really like every thing concerning the royal household. She was an distinctive girl and it makes you proud to be British.”

Sam’s girlfriend Lily Reynolds, 27, added: “I’ve at all times been a royalist, I really like the Queen and the entire household, to be trustworthy. It’s been a tragic few days.”

Nonetheless, in a recurring theme, she mentioned she was much less eager on King Charles III however was keen to present him an opportunity.

“I’m positive Charles will develop on me,” she mentioned. “I’m extra of a Queen fan however he’s additionally devoted his life to the nation.”

Sam Quinn, 37, travelled from Wimbledon together with her husband, Steve, and their 10-month-old youngster Hendrix. She mentioned: “I preferred the truth that King Charles acknowledged the brand new Princess of Wales in his speech and the burden that shall be on her shoulders.”

Steve added: “It’s a historic time in British historical past, clearly she was queen for 70 years and I suppose at this time is someplace to go and acknowledge that. Her whole life has been devoted to serving her nation and has been a part of Britain for our entire lives.”

Steve and Sam Quinn, pictured with their baby, Hendrix
Steve and Sam Quinn, pictured with their child, Hendrix. {Photograph}: Sophia Evans/The Observer

Henry Middleditch, 31, from London, mentioned: “I believe Charles has been in an advanced place all his life.

“He’s needed to straddle attempting to be non-political and never standing for something, whereas additionally having views like everybody does – and never altogether unhealthy views, quite a lot of the issues he’s now publicly distancing himself from.”

Sam Stewart, 31, concluded: “The Queen is a legend. She’s carried out quite a bit for the nation in her life. She devoted her entire life for one thing that wasn’t her selection.”

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