LONDON — Harry Cromack navigated closed roads and crowds outside Buckingham Palace for the better part of an hour on Friday. He has a bouquet of flowers in his hand which he is determined to place outside the door of the London house of Queen Elizabeth II.
But the flowers are not hers. Cromac brought them here for his mother and grandmother, who lived outside London and were unable to pay their respects in person.
“They all admired the Queen very much,” he said as he walked between police barriers near the royal palace.
Even the blockade planned for the arrival of King Charles III could not stop Cromac. After an hour’s walk and at least two miles, he arrived at the gates of Buckingham Palace with flowers in hand, where he delicately placed the bouquet in a monument to Her Majesty The Queen.
“She’s been there a long time; that’s why so many people feel they have to come,” he added.
Cromock was not the only one to visit Buckingham Palace a day after the Queen died aged 96. Selma Winterburn also hiked here. The 86-year-old brought flowers to her 102-year-old friend.
“It’s probably the last thing I can do for her,” she said.
London is a sad city right now. Every street corner is a reminder of their lost monarch. Even after his death, Her Majesty was omnipresent in many ways.
Even Americans vacationing in the UK have changed their travel plans, including Rick Rohr and Ingrid Swords from Colorado, to London to witness history after his death on Thursday.
“We just want to feel what it’s like to be with thousands of people,” Swords said.