Objects of devotion

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All week long they have come in their thousands, from every corner of the kingdom. The Royal palaces of London have been transformed into places of pilgrimage.

The acres of flowers, the thousands of cards, poems, pictures and messages, laid before their gates, have become a potent symbol for an event that has touched so many, so deeply.

Photographs taken by Brian Harris and Andrew Buurman at Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Kensington Palace