The Best Friend and I made a rather spontaneous trip up to Green Park four days before the State Funeral to view the thousands of floral tributes left in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
And what we found was simply astonishing and slightly overwhelming.
People had obviously gone to a lot of trouble. There were cuddly Paddington Bears, framed drawings/poems/portraits of HM and personal notes.
I took a small bunch of sunflowers, tied with string, and included my own note. I hope that my note didn’t come across as mawkish or overly trite, because I tried hard to express myself without too much sentimentality.
And what to wear? Should I smile? Is it okay to take a photo of me with my flowers? Can I manage to avoid any TV cameras and/or journalists?
I went with smart casual and trainers for comfort. The smile is unsure. Yes it was okay to take a photo. There weren’t any TV crews, as it happened – they were probably down at the queue snaking along the South Bank.
In short, viewing the tributes was much more moving than I had expected it to be, and I’m glad that I went.