Florists assure mourners they will ‘absolutely cope’ with demand

Florists have said that they will “absolutely cope” with what they expect to be record demand as mourners pay their respects to the Queen.

The British Florist Association (BFA) said demand had been “significantly high” over the last few days, adding that “the general feeling is that it will be higher than Princess Diana’s funeral.”

Although governing bodies were generally asking for tributes of white blooms, the public was instead happy to choose colorful bouquets to lay at palace gates and other designated areas, the BFA said.

There is no “specific flower” for the Queen, but the lily of the valley was one of her favorites, even appearing in her coronation bouquet.

Famous for their bell-shaped, fragrant blooms, the flowers have also been a permanent feature in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

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