A London park blooms with flowers, stuffed animals and handwritten notes to the queen
LONDON — It’s hard to see the grass at London’s Green Park these days, both because the grounds are piled high with flowers for Queen Elizabeth and chock full of visitors who have come by to see them.
British officials have encouraged members of the public to leave floral tributes at two dedicated royal parks, with Green Park being the primary location for laying flowers near Buckingham Palace. The park is also the final destination for tributes left elsewhere in the city, which park workers have been bringing over.
Mourners and other visitors have not disappointed. They’ve carefully deposited flower bouquets, stuffed Paddington Bears, drawings of corgis, handwritten letters, painted pebbles, flags, posters, photographs and other tokens of appreciation in rows and piles on the ground — filling the park with color and turning it into an attraction of its own. On Saturday, huge crowds surged in and out of the park, creating such a chaotic traffic jam that some people thought the area had been shut down.
Beyond the many flowers, tributes included photographs, paintings and handmade cards.
Elizabeth Dalziel for NPR
Inside the tribute area, however, was a quieter scene of reflection and admiration. Many people came with multiple generations of their family to lay down flowers and take in the scene, both for its vastness and for the tiny details underfoot: thank-you cards left open, a jar of marmalade tucked underneath a stuffed bear, kids’ drawings on bright white paper against a sea of green stems.
People took photos of the scene and their loved ones posing in it, and walked through the park pointing out their favorite flowers and cards. Some have visited multiple times over the past week, while others traveled from out of town just to see the tributes, like Shaun and Tracey Dunmall, who took the train in from Kent.
“[We’re here to] see the flowers,” Tracey explained. “It’s the one thing that the people can do for her, isn’t it?”
Ellie Bunn, 26, said she was looking to place her roses in a sunny spot.
Elizabeth Dalziel for NPR
A woman named Fabi, visiting the park with her 21-year-old daughter, said the scene was sad on “a human level,” even for the thousands of mourners who had never met the queen.
“I suppose it reminds you of the people you have lost, and collectively it’s nice to see that people come out and pay their respects,” she said.
Many in the crowd took time searching for the perfect spot to leave their flowers.
For Ellie Bunn, 26, that meant finding an area with fresh flowers and a bit of sunlight. She was there with her mom and aunts to see the tributes for the first time — but was still thinking about her walk over, during which she saw King Charles’ motorcade driving towards Buckingham Palace. She said she was too starstruck to get her phone out in time to snap a picture.
As one of just two royal parks designated for floral tributes, Green Park was bursting with patriotism.
Elizabeth Dalziel for NPR
Joanna and Ben Ibbotson were happy to let their 4-year-old daughter Alice put down their flowers — she scattered them individually in various spots — and the card she’d signed herself to practice her penmanship on the train ride over.v
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The new edition,Flora by Gucci EDP, can be expected on the market at the beginning of 2010. This version was announced as more intense, deeper, seductive and richer. Notes of Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum promise the same youthful and optimistic expression of the composition as it was offered by EDT. The difference lies in stronger concentration of the EDP edition. Flora by Gucci was envisaged and created by Frida Giannini who was inspired by Gucci floral pattern used first as a scarf for Grace, Princess of Monaco. Floral motive has been enchanting women with glamorous and feminine details for decades.
Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum is characterized by fresh notes of agrums in the opening, combined with beautiful peony. A heart introduces balanced aromas of rose and osmanthus, while a base is created of patchouli and sandalwood. The more opulent, stronger and more powerful EDP has the same flacon as the original edition, but is decorated with gold details on a black bow ribbon, black cap and darker liquid. The fragrance arrives in January 2010.
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10 Jewelry Essentials Every Wardrobe Needs
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Every wardrobe has certain must-haves to keep dressing streamlined and easy. Jewelry essentials follow much the same rules of a capsule wardrobe—the best jeans, sweater, T-shirt, jacket, etc., translate to certain classic and timeless jewelry essentials.
The perfect diamond studs and chain necklace are just as big of a fashion crutch as blue jeans and a white T-shirt. Narrow enough to keep getting dressed stress-free while also keeping you looking top-notch. Think of this as a foundational buy you can turn to daily, but one that still leaves room for those special purchases to give your look personality.
Below, our guide to the 10 pieces of classic, timeless jewelry that will never lead you astray.
There’s a reason the stud is your first earring. Besides the whole piercing process, it simply goes with everything. They add an easy touch of sparkle that can be worn no matter the occasion—gym and pool included.
Mateo 14-karat gold pearl earrings
$325 AT NET-A-PORTER
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard earrings
It’s a classic style that delivers subtle attitude. Big or small, hoop earrings make a statement without being over the top.
Jennifer Fisher Lilly mini hoop earrings
$200 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Mejuri Pavé diamond huggie hoops
$250 AT MEJURI
Adorn your arms with a single bangle bracelet or stack them up—the latter will create the most delightful jingling sound. They pair well with just about everything, from a cable knit sweater to a breezy sundress.
Sylva & Cie rose gold diamond bangle
$14,125 AT MODA OPERANDI
Monica Vinader x Kate Young bangle
750 $525 AT NORDSTROM
A pendant is an easy way to wear something meaningful (your initials, your zodiac sign) close to your heart. Best of all, there’s no need to wear just one.
Foundrae Disk Drop necklace
$1,445 AT NET-A-PORTER
Sophie Buhai tiny heart pendant necklace
$375 AT SSENSE
Gold Chain Necklace
Thick or thin, gold chain necklaces are an essential. A more chunky style will add an edge to your ensemble (perfect for power dressing), while a wispy chain adds a bit of femininity. You’ll likely need one of each.
Laura Lombardi Calle gold-plated necklace
$268 AT NET-A-PORTER
Lizzie Mandler gold chain-link necklace
$5,110 AT MATCHESFASHION
Pearl necklaces are passed down for a reason—they will absolutely never go out of style. We love a double strand with various-sized pearls, but you can’t go wrong with the classic single stand either.
Sophie Bille Brahe Petite Peggy necklace
$2,750 AT NET-A-PORTER
Loren Stewart Belisimo pearl strand neckalce
$345 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Stamped with your initials, glittering with diamonds, or shiny and bare, a signet is the perfect ring for your pinkie. No other ring on your hand is necessary—but, of course, welcome.
Jade Trau signet ring
$3,800 AT NET-A-PORTER
Ferian Galleon Wedgwood gold signet ring
$915 AT MATCHESFASHION
Wearing more than one ring on a finger can take some strategy. Do they fit snuggly on top of each other? Do they add too much bulk to your digit? A simple gold band is a great starting point but better yet, opt for an already stacked multi-ring style that will do all the work for you.
Phillips House Enchanted Sash pinky ring
$1,550 AT PHILLIPS HOUSE
Spinelli Kilcollin Nimbus ring
$2,900 AT MATCHESFASHION
Playing with the gold and silver hues in jewelry is fun but so is the blue of a sapphire or the deep red of a garnet. A colored stone accessory is the easiest way to add a bit of dimension to your all-neutral ensemble or bring out the flecks of green in your eyes.
Mateo Point of Focus ring
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Ear rings are one of the most popular accessories for women around the world. These small pieces of jewelry can enhance any outfit and add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any look. Ear rings are versatile and come in a wide range of styles, materials, and designs, making it easy to find the perfect pair for any occasion.
Ear rings have been worn for thousands of years, with evidence of their use dating back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Initially, ear rings were made from materials like bone, shells, and wood. Later, precious metals like gold and silver were used to create more intricate designs.
Today, ear rings come in a variety of styles, from simple studs to bold hoops, elegant drop earrings, and trendy tassel earrings. They can be made from materials like gold, silver, platinum, and various types of gemstones, as well as costume jewelry made from plastic, beads, or other materials.
Ear rings are not only a fashion accessory but can also have cultural or symbolic significance. In some cultures, ear rings are worn as a symbol of marital status, while in others, they are seen as a sign of wealth or social status. In addition, ear rings can also be used to express personal style, with some women choosing to wear ear rings that reflect their personality or interests.
When choosing ear rings, it is important to consider your face shape, as certain styles can enhance or detract from your facial features. Round faces, for example, are best suited for longer, dangling ear rings, while square faces can be enhanced with hoop or round earrings. Similarly, it is important to consider your outfit and the occasion when selecting ear rings, as different styles can complement or clash with your overall look.
In addition to style and design, it is also essential to consider the quality of ear rings when purchasing them. Quality ear rings will be made from high-quality materials and will be sturdy and durable, ensuring that they last for years to come. It is also essential to pay attention to the closure of the ear rings, as a secure closure can prevent them from falling out or getting lost.
In conclusion, ear rings are a versatile and fashionable accessory that can enhance any outfit and express personal style. With a wide range of styles, materials, and designs, it is easy to find the perfect pair of ear rings for any occasion. When selecting ear rings, it is important to consider your face shape, outfit, and the occasion, as well as the quality of the ear rings, to ensure that you get the most out of this beautiful accessory.
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