Volunteer groups geared up Wednesday for a massive flower removal from St. James’ Palace, where thousands of people have left tributes to the Princess of Wales.
Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, cab drivers and dozens of other volunteers will pitch in today, clearing away flowers and storing condolence cards, poems, notes and letters in boxes for preservation.
All flowers found still to be fresh will be taken by an army of black cabs to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and another hospital as yet unidentified.
The Women’s Royal Voluntary Society will provide up to 40 volunteers every day to help sort the flowers and gifts into the foreseeable future, a spokesman said.
The thousands of teddy bears and toys will be distributed across the country to the society’s centers for divorced parents.
People continue to line up to sign condolence books at Kensington Palace, where Diana lived until the Aug. 31 car crash that took her life.