- Notes left for Queen Elizabeth II after her death will be saved, Metro reports.
- The outlet reports that the royal family will read them at a later date.
- Thousands of mourners have gathered across the UK to leave tributes to the late monarch.
Notes and messages left for Queen Elizabeth II after her death will be saved for the royal family to read at a later date, Metro reports.
Hundreds of thousands of royal fans gathered across the United Kingdom to see the Queen’s coffin travel from Balmoral where she died on September 8, to Windsor Castle, where she was laid to rest following her funeral Monday. Among the flowers and gifts left for the Queen were many personal letters and drawings honoring the late monarch.
According to Metro, a sign outside the gates at Windsor Castle read, “Your flowers are greatly appreciated. It may be necessary to move your flowers, if so, they will be placed in a secure area outside St George’s Chapel or along Cambridge Drive. All messages and cards will be kept safely for the Royal Family to read.”
It’s unclear how many notes were left at the royal family’s various estates in the UK. Representatives for Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Royal fans also visited British consulates around the world to sign books of condolences for the Queen, photos show. Messages were left in embassies as far as Bogotá, Columbia, and the Philippines’ capital of Manila.
On Saturday, President Joe Biden also signed a book of condolences when he visited London for the sovereign’s funeral.
The flowers left for the Queen were re-purposed for her funeral. Video from The Royal Family Channel on YouTube shows officials removing the flowers and placing them neatly at the top of the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle. The Queen’s hearse drove past the display on Monday on its way to the palace.
Members of the royal family have comforted mourners and viewed the tributes left for the Queen in the days following her passing.
On September 10, Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton took an impromptu walk around Windsor to greet the public and look at flowers left along the castle’s gates. The following week, William also joined his father King Charles III to visit people in the hours-long queue to see the Queen’s coffin in London.