Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has written a floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her sudden death at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96.
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage on ‘personal’ poem for the Queen
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has said he used the Queen’s name in his tribute piece to her because it was a name the late monarch probably rarely got to hear as it would often have been prefaced with “ceremonial nominals”.
His poem, Floral Tribute, to mark the death of the Queen, employs the form of a double acrostic, meaning the first letter of each line spells out Elizabeth when taken together.
It is composed of two stanzas of nine lines each, describing the coming of a September evening and the appearance of a lily as “a token of thanks”, with lily of the valley having been one of the Queen’s favourite flowers, even appearing in her coronation bouquet.
Since then the flower has held special associations and grows in the garden of Buckingham Palace.