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The streets of Windsor were filled with people of all ages holding cellophane-wrapped bouquets and cards bearing heartfelt personal messages. A colorful sea of ​​floral tributes had formed near the castle gates, dotted with teddy bears, trinkets and children’s drawings left in remembrance of Her Majesty.

Among those who gathered to express their love and gratitude was 10-year-old Tyler Dinning, who wore a model crown made from plastic milk bottles and covered in plastic gems.

Her grandmother Alison said: “The Queen meant a lot to the country, it’s going to be difficult without her. That’s all we know.”

Seven-year-old Gracie-May had used watercolors to paint the Queen as an angel with bright orange wings. She read her message: “To the Queen, we love and miss you, love Gracie-May and her family.”

Gracie’s aunt Alice said the youngster loved learning about the story – and the queen’s corgis. She added: “We are trying to teach him that the Queen is now an angel.”

Roads were closed and stewards diverted mourners onto different routes as the city filled to overflowing with those who wanted to pay their respects.

Lucy and Matt Waldron had traveled from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, with their children Max, four, Poppy, seven and Teddy, six. Poppy, holding a bouquet of red roses, said of the Queen: “When I saw pictures of her coronation she looked very beautiful in her crown, then when she was older she always looked beautiful.”

The schoolgirl said she enjoyed watching clips of the Queen, including the sketch she appeared to parachute into during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Poppy added: “She also had a little fun in her – at school we watched the video where she was playing with James Bond. They were in a helicopter and she pushed him out of the way with a parachute and jumped.”

A local celebrity was also present.

Little Bruce Pollard arrived on his father Neil’s shoulder dressed as the Queen’s Guard. The three-year-old often visits town to see the changing of the guard and loves watching them on TV, copying their actions and walking around in his own bearskin. hat. Her mum Katie, 39, said: “We went to the Queen’s Jubilee and that’s what started. He’s become obsessed and watches royal bands on his iPad all the time. Everyone knows him now , even the guards.”

She added: “I’m devastated because I adored the Queen, but I’m also delighted Charles is King. I think he’s going to be really approachable.”

Friends Norma Gaulton and Lyndsay Cochrane, both 75, had traveled from Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

Lyndsay said: “I have always been a Royalist and I just think the Queen in particular has done a wonderful job. She has been like a mother to the nation with an unwavering sense of commitment and duty to the last days of his life.

“Like many people, I remember watching the coronation on TV.” She added that the Queen had always been a source of positivity: “Particularly during the pandemic, she always gave everyone hope that everything would be fine.”

It wasn’t the first time Norma had made an effort to mark the passing of a treasured royal figure. She recalls: “I stood in line for two nights for Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey – I slept rough.”

Gemma and Brian Pickett traveled from Woking, Surrey, with their children Isabelle, five, and Arthur, three, to visit Windsor for the first time in 12 years.

Gemma, 38, said: “I’ve been really devastated the last few days, I feel like I’ve lost my own grandmother.

“She’s always been there whenever we needed her. The Queen being on the throne is all we’ve ever known. I think King Charles will do a great job, but it’s really strange even to say ‘King Charles’.”

The family had always stopped by on Christmas Day to watch the Queen’s Speech and Gemma had helped organize a village fete to mark the Jubilee earlier this year.

She recounted the moment she explained to little Isabelle that the queen had died: “Her immediate question was, ‘Who will be the next queen?’ We drew the family tree to show where Charles and William are.”

Thousands of mourners also descended on Sandringham House to pay their respects.

Well-wishers waited up to an hour in traffic to reach the estate after Norfolk Police set up a one-way system to deal with the flood of visitors, who left an increasingly dense pile of flowers at the end of the afternoon.

Assistant accountant Jon Davies, 71, who left flowers from his garden in Hethersett, Norfolk, said: “It just seemed like the right thing to do to come here. I did the same when the Queen Mother is passed away all those years ago.

“I was born during the reign of the former king, but she was my queen for almost all my life. I left a message on my flowers saying, ‘You had this majesty around you, but you could walk among all of us’.”

Kathryn Dickes, from Norwich, said: “I lost my mum a few years ago and it brought everything back.

“The Queen was someone’s grandmother and someone’s mother, like so many other women.

“I just felt like I wanted to say goodbye and thank you. We probably won’t see anyone else like her in our lifetime.”

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