The entire United Kingdom and many of the Commonwealth realms are in a state of mourning over the death of Queen Elizabeth II. During my trip to London last week I had the chance to walk through the city in the quiet of the morning and present the following photo essay.
London In Mourning, A Photo Essay
Throughout the country, black signs memorializing the passing of the Queen are present. I first encountered one just minutes after stepping off my aircraft at London Heathrow.
After exiting Westminister Hall and stepping out onto Whitehall, with Big Ben towering overhead, I walked by Westminster Abbey, where the funeral for her majesty is currently being held.
Then I continued up to Trafalgar Square and down the Mall toward Buckingham Palace. At 5:30 am, I had the whole place to myself.
But what struck me most was then walking over to Green Park, where a makeshift memorial for the Queen was set up. Tens of thousands of bouquets were laid, many with handwritten notes and pictures honoring the Queen. It was quite moving to see how much so many British people, and presumably those from around the world, felt about the Queen.
Life will slowly return to normal as the period of mourning ends. I realize many do not hold warm feelings for the Queen, but the historical outpouring of love for this sovereign was on display across the city and quite moving.