A makeshift tribute to the Queen set up on the Holocaust memorial in Hyde Park has been taken down by park officials.
The Royal Parks, the organisation responsible for maintaining the eight Royal Parks in London, said they were relocating flowers and other gifts left at the tribute to more appropriate areas.
They said: “The team are carefully removing the tributes from the Holocaust Memorial and laying them with the others in the official floral tribute area.
“There is also a steward placed there permanently to direct people paying their respects to the floral tribute area.”
The memorial, which included flowers and framed photos of the Queen, appeared early this morning as mourners made their way to the centre of London for the funeral.
But the tribute was quickly criticised for being inappropriate.
Daniel Sugarman, the director of Public Affairs on the Board of Deputies for British Jews, said: “Not only is this completely inappropriate, there is no doubt in my mind that the King – who has been a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for many years and has regularly taken the time to meet survivors – would be absolutely horrified to hear about this.”
He also praised the park staff for taking action quickly this morning.
Mourners have been advised to leave flowers at official areas tribute locations in the future.