During the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee in June, the long-reigning monarch appeared in a surprise skit with Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace. In the short video, Paddington and the Queen had tea and marmalade sandwiches.
"Her Majesty is well known for her sense of humour, so it should be no surprise that she decided to take part in tonight’s sketch," Buckingham Palace said in a statement in June. "There was an interest in the filming and animation process and the opportunity to invite a famous bear to tea was just too much fun to miss. While The Queen may not be attending the concert in person, she was very keen that people understood how much it meant to her and that all those watching had a great time."
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September, mourners began leaving Paddington Bears and marmalade sandwiches at the gates of the Queen's residences.
The Royal Parks organization had to ask people to stop leaving sandwiches, "because of the negative impact on the park's wildlife," but since the Queen's death, the Paddington Bears that were collected from tributes have gone on a journey in Buckingham Palace. The Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace, and Barnardo’s released a video "charting the journey of the bears so far from The Royal Parks to the launderette to the Royal Residences, where they are currently being looked after, alongside some photographs of the bears enjoying their stay at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House." You can watch here:
The Palace also snapped some photos of the bears in Buckingham Palace and Clarence House:
Next week, Queen Camilla will attend a special teddy bears picnic at a Barnardo’s Nursery, where she will personally deliver Paddingtons and other stuffed animals that were left as tributes to Queen Elizabeth.
According to a release from Buckingham Palace, "Her Majesty will join children supported by Bow Nursery and Barnardo’s staff for the picnic, alongside key characters from the world of Paddington. Paddington film cast members Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris, who play Mr Brown and Judy Brown respectively, and Paddington author Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel, for whom the original stories were written, will come together for marmalade sandwiches on the day."
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