Dermot OLeary and Alison Hammond join thousands to lay flowers at Buckingham Palace

ITV presenters have been sharing their feelings in the wake of the Queen's death today in special episodes of This Morning and Good Morning Britain.

Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond appeared on the This Morning sofa to pay tribute to the Queen who died last week aged 96 and to talk about their experience of laying flowers at Buckingham Palace this weekend.

Many have visited Buckingham Palace over the last few days to reflect on the Queen's life and view the thousands of cards and flowers which have been laid outside the gates.

And amongst the thousands of people heading to pay their respects were presenters Alison, 47, and Dermot, 49, who joined in laying flowers for Her Majesty.

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Dermot said: "We thought it'll be so lovely to see the flowers by the rails, but actually as soon as you go through the park you see them amongst the trees, and the impromptu paths people have created through."

He added: "I think we both (he and Alison) thought it was going to be a lot more sad and sombre than it actually was. And actually what we found was just this moment of reflection, contemplation and gratitude."

Alison added: "We met this one lady called Sheila and she just burst into tears."

She added: "It wasn't because she was sad it was more, she was happy she'd lived a life where the Queen had been and she was just so grateful that she'd experienced it."

It was an emotional special edition of This Morning today as Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield hosted a programme dedicated to the Queen.

As well as Alison and Dermot's personal testimonials, Holly, 41, also shared her own heartfelt tribute when she revealed the cards her three children left outside the palace gates this weekend.

In a "beautiful" tribute she read some of their words out in an emotional segment which echoed the mood of the nation.

Harry, aged 13, is Holly's eldest child and he wrote: "Dear the queen, what a journey is has been from a regular young queen who only met 1 prime minister, to a national treasure who has met 15 prime ministers and is the greatest queen England has ever seen."

The touching missive ends: "Britain is so amazingly proud of your service for this country. And finally I want to say thank you for football, without you I wouldn't be playing for the team I am today. Long live the king."

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