The death of Queen Elizabeth II has sparked a huge chain of event planning as the UK observes 11 days of mourning.
Although each stage has been secretly planned for years, there is still room for the British public to go off script. Some people expressed their grief by leaving Paddington Bear toys outside the Queen’s palaces.
Her Majesty became closely associated with the fictional character after a sketch filmed to celebrate her platinum anniversary in June revealed that it was time for afternoon tea. His words, “Thank you for everything,” seem to sum up many people’s feelings about their longest-reigning monarch.
But when replica bears, marmalade sandwiches and plastic-covered flowers pile up at memorial sites, sustainability issues don’t go unchecked.
This is a trifle compared to the environmental shifts surrounding the royal family – from the Queen green heritage to the ascension of King Charles – and the climate policy pursued (and abandoned) by Britain’s new prime minister Liz Truss.
But here we look at how environmental regulations factor into the biggest and most expensive state funeral most Britons have ever seen.
What happens to the flowers left for the Queen?
Many people were moved to pay their respects to the Queen by leaving flowers and gifts in the street Buckingham Palace and other residences after her death on Thursday September 8th.
But after the release of plush bags, corgis a dog soft toys and balloons, mourners are gently asked to consider the environmental impact of their offerings.
Flowers left at Buckingham Palace are moved to a flower garden in nearby Green Park at the end of each day, but such “no-flower facilities” are not welcome.
“In the interest of sustainable development, we ask visitors to put only organic food compostable material,” says the Royal Parks of London.
“The public will be asked to remove all packaging from flower tributes and place them in the containers provided. Removing the wrapper will help prolong the life of the flowers and help with the next composting, which will begin one to two weeks after the burial date.”
Some civic-minded members of the public are working to remove plastic packaging flowers in Green Park itself, videos shared online show.
Royal Parks adds that from September 26 the flowers will be delivered to the Hyde Park nursery for composting in neighboring Kensington Gardens.
“This organic compost material will be used in shrubbery and landscaping projects in the Royal Parks.”
If you want to leave an even more sustainable gift, the UK government also directs people to the many charities that are patronized by the Queen. Environmental organizations listed turn on Surfers vs. SewageFauna and Flora International and Soil Association.
Why are world leaders not allowed to go to the Queen’s funeral by private jet?
As environmentalists know, transportation is one of the sectors most responsible for global warming one fifth part CO2 emissions worldwide.
So it’s likely that the most significant mitigation of the climate costs associated with burials has come from the Foreign Office, which is asking world leaders to leave their private jets at home.
Heads of foreign states and their partners are invited commercial flightsand they are prohibited from using helicopters to travel around the capital, according to documents seen by Politico.
They were also ordered not to go to work on September 19 in official personal cars. Instead, dignitaries will be bussed from the venue in London to Westminster Abbey.
Hugging public transport is a key part of any city’s environmental plans. But transport decisions were not made for environmental reasons.
Hardware and security seems to be at the heart of it. “Multiple and comprehensive layers of security will be in place in London,” the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCO) said in a document.
Private jets are not banned immediately. The department warns about this Heathrow Airport will not be available for private flight arrangements or aircraft parking. Leaders are going to travel private jet should head to “less congested” airports around London, he adds.
But the use of helicopter transfers between airports and locations is prohibited “due to the number of flights operating at this time”.
Space constraints at Westminster Abbey mean that only one head of state and their partner from each country is invited, further curtailing air travel ahead of the funeral. But it is expected that many people from all over the world a trip to London in the coming days to catch a glimpse of the ceremony.
According to the plan for Operation London Bridge, the Queen’s body was to be transported from Edinburgh to London on a royal train, but it is now being taken south.