Public urged not to leave flowers for Philip and donate to charity instead – About Your Online Magazine


Members of the public were urged not to leave floral dues to the Duke of Edinburgh in royal residences to prevent crowds from forming during the pandemic.

The royal family asked people to consider making a donation to charities, Buckingham Palace said on Twitter.

The new pages of the memorial dedicated to the duke in royal.uk The website suggested that donations could be made to organizations of which Philip was a patron.

“There is no official agreement to make donations in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh,” he said.

“However, members of the public who wish to make a donation in honor of His Royal Highness are encouraged to donate to a charity of their choice or one of the charities or organizations that the Duke of Edinburgh has supported in his public functions.

“Throughout his life, the Duke of Edinburgh has been the patron or president of about 992 organizations, with special interests in scientific and technological research and development, industry, youth welfare, conservation and the environment and encouragement for sport. “

The government also warned people to continue to follow coronavirus rules after Philip’s death on Friday morning, and not to meet at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.

A spokesman for the Government Office said: “While this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to meet in real homes and to continue to follow public health advice, especially on avoiding large group meetings. and minimize travel.

“We are supporting the royal family in asking that floral tributes not be placed on royal residences at this time.”

A vast sea of ​​flowers was left by the mourners after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, both outside Buckingham Palace and in her former home, Kensington Palace.

With England gradually getting rid of a national blockade in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, both the government and the royal family are eager to avoid anything that attracts crowds.

Flowers outside the Kensington Palace gates for Diana in 1997 (David Giles / PA)
Flowers outside the Kensington Palace gates for Diana in 1997 (David Giles / PA)

But hundreds of people have already traveled to Windsor Castle, where the duke died at the age of 99, while others left floral tributes at Buckingham Palace.

The pandemic will have a major impact on the carefully planned plans for Filipe’s funeral, with the public elements of the final farewell to the Queen’s consort not being able to occur in its original form.

A source said: “The Covid-19 pandemic will have an impact on the arrangements and members of the public are encouraged not to gather in crowds and instead to celebrate in private.”

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