Poem to mark Queen's death penned by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage - and it features one of her favourite flowers

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A poem to mark the death of the Queen has been penned by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and features one of her favourite flowers.

Floral Tribute describes the coming of a September evening and the appearance of a flower as "a token of thanks".

The lily of the valley was one of the Queen's favourites and appeared in her coronation bouquet.

Since then, it has been used for special associations and grows in the Buckingham Palace garden.

The poem employs the form of a double acrostic, meaning the first letter of each line spells out Elizabeth when taken together.

It is comprised from two stanzas of nine lines each.

In the first stanza, Armitage writes of "A promise made and kept for life - that was your gift".

Later he adds: "The country loaded its whole self into your slender hands, Hands that can rest, now, relieved of a century's weight."

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Armitage has served as Poet Laureate since May 2019 when he met with the Queen at the palace, taking over the role from Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

The poet, who was brought up in Marsden, West Yorkshire, has published 30 collections of poetry and his work is studied by children as part of the national curriculum.

He worked as a probation officer in Greater Manchester until 1994 before focusing on poetry.

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