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SELCUK CELEBI: ORDERS FOR CUT FLOWERS HAVE SOARED BY 90 PERCENT SINCE THE QUEEN DIED

Turkish florists are resorting to cargo planes instead of trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as they can to the United Kingdom to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Orders for cut flowers have soared by 90 percent since the queen died, said Selçuk Çelebi, a member of the Antalya Commodity Exchange, adding that Turkish florists were only able to meet about 40 percent of the demand.

Selçuk Çelebi

“It is the end of the season in (the Mediterranean province of) Antalya. We are in a period where the production in the highlands in (the southern province of) Isparta is in decline,” Çelebi told Reuters on Thursday.

The rise in demand meant florists had to hire planes to deliver the flowers to Britain, which takes a day compared to a week by truck, Çelebi said.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a towering presence on the world stage for 70 years, Elizabeth died peacefully last week after her health deteriorated. Her funeral will take place on Monday.

National flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) subsidiary Turkish Cargo said it had begun shipping more than 500,000 flowers, weighing some 13 tons, to England for the funeral from Antalya and Isparta.

“Turkish Cargo has delivered approximately 4 tons of flowers to London since the beginning of the week,” it said.

İsmail Yılmaz

Between Sept. 5 and 12, official data showed flower exports from Türkiye to England increased by 40 percent, compared to last year.

Growers would have been normally shipping between 600,000 and 700,000 flowers to Britain a week during this period, Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters’ Association President Ismail Yılmaz said over the weekend.

“With the death of Queen Elizabeth, we estimate that this figure will reach at least 1.5 million during the funeral period,” he told Demirören News Agency (DHA).

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