JUBILEE TOUR: Saying it with flowers as Leicester prepares for Queen's visit
Thousands of flowers were delivered yesterday, ready to create floral displays for this week's royal visit to Leicester.
Some 2,500 roses, lilies, carnations and chrysanthemums were delivered to Leicester Cathedral, where they were trimmed and set in water by a team of amateur florists.
The flowers, bought from Leicester Wholesale Market, were today being made into towers, table displays and pedestals which will be put in the cathedral and St Martin's House, ahead of Thursday's royal visit.
Anne Sylvester, treasurer for the Leicester Cathedral Flower Arrangers Group, said: "We have chosen a colour scheme of white through to gold.
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"Everyone is excited and pleased to be doing such a nice and big event, we are looking forward to it.
"We hope the Queen and the royal party enjoy what we will create."
A total of 19 amateur florists, from the flower arrangers' group and other floristry clubs, will create the displays.
They will make two pedestals which will sit at the entrance of the cathedral, with arrangements on the windows and radiators.
They will also make 15 centre pieces for each table in St Martin's House, where the royal party will have lunch.
Gayle Shell, 68, from Syston, is in charge of the windowsill displays in the cathedral.
She said: "The one I am creating with another person, will be the one facing the Queen and the Duchess. The pressure is on."