Never since confinement have we seen our cities so deserted.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole were incredibly empty on Monday morning as people gathered with family and friends back home to attend Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Roads were calm and shops closed ahead of the capital ceremony in London.
In Christchurch, the High Street was eerily quiet as the regular Monday market was suspended, with Poole town center also empty of people and activity.
Bournemouth was also free of its normal bustle with Ringwood also deserted of shoppers and visitors.
At the sites in Dorset, people left flowers and gathered to remember Her Majesty on this historic occasion.
Crowds of mourners poured into London, Windsor and royal sites across the UK on the national holiday, with the service expected to attract millions of viewers across the world.
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People took to the streets of London to pay their respects, with all public viewing areas of the funeral procession declared full.
Around 2,000 people attended the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, including members of royal families from across Europe, politicians from all political backgrounds and world leaders including US President Joe Biden and the French President Emmanuel Macron.
Very quiet in Bournemouth town centre, that’s understandable. Many people this morning seem to be heading for the Lower Gardens, where a large screen shows Her Majesty’s funeral. @Bournemouthecho pic.twitter.com/vDotPK0Lck
— Jason Lewis (@JasonDailyEcho) September 19, 2022