Top Turkish growers have turned to air cargo to be able to rapidly meet the demand that has rocketed for their carnations that will be used during the mourning period and the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a towering presence on the world stage for 70 years, Elizabeth died peacefully on the afternoon of September 8 after her health deteriorated. Her funeral will take place on September 19, and her body will lie in state for four days before that.
Demand for carnations to be used during the mourning period and the state funeral of the 96-year-old queen has skyrocketed by up to 90%, according to growers from Turkish southern Antalya and southwestern Isparta provinces.
They say shipments for at least 1.5 million flowers had started, and firms have been forced to opt for air cargo instead of traditional land freighters, to meet the orders that have prompted daily working hours to be increased and companies to hire extra workers.
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