Posts tagged with "Buckingham Palace"

Britain’s Queen Consort Camilla joins children for a very special Paddington Bear tea party

November 25, 2022

Britain’s Queen Consort Camilla joined children at a kindergarten in east London on Thursday, November 24—also known as Thanksgiving Day in America—to pass on some special Paddington Bear love, reports People magazine.

She helped distribute some of the hundreds of Paddington Bears and other cuddly toys left near royal residences by mourners in the wake of Queen Elizabeth‘s death in September. After being gathered up among the flowers and other tributes, they were washed and given to Barnardo’s children’s charity, and she went to one of their nurseries to see the handover.

Joining the party were the stars of the movie, Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris (Mr. Brown and Judy Brown, respectively) and Karen Jankel, the daughter of Paddington author Michael Bond, for whom the original stories were written. Bonneville read the story Paddington Takes a Bathto the children.

The teddy bears became a touching symbol for Queen Elizabeth following her death, which came just a few months after she appeared in a comedy sketch alngside the animated bear during her Platinum Jubilee in June.

The bears were delivered to the venue in Bow, east London, in a fleet of electric taxi cabs, led by Camilla. They were carried in by the boxful.

As Camilla left the party, she pronounced to waiting reporters that the bears were “all gone.”

It came after a busy few days for Camilla, who helped host the President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa for her and King Charles III‘s first state visit of the new reign. The first day ended with a dazzling state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Ahead of the event, the palace released a set of charming images of the bears having the run of the palace and Clarence House, where Camilla lives with King Charles III. The teddies were shown sliding down the grand staircase banister and lounging on the velvet-covered chairs.

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Britain’s royal family gathers at Balmoral amid concerns for Queen’s health

September 9, 2022

Just after 12.30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT) in London on Thursday, September 8, Buckingham Palace issued a statement that doctors were concerned about the health of the long-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, age 96, and were recommending that she remain under medical supervision.

Soon after that, the BBC reports, all of the Queen’s children either had arrived to be with her at Balmoral Castle in Scotland or were on their way.

Prince Charles, Camilla, and Princess Anne were already at Balmoral. Prince William, the Queen’s eldest grandson and second in line to the throne, was flying there; while his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, remained in Windsor, where her children had commenced their first full day of school for the year.

Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan, had been in the UK in recent days for engagements. They immediately canceled plans so that Prince Harry could be at the Queen’s side.

On Tuesday, September 6, newly appointed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss had, herself, travelled to Balmoral to be appointed by the Queen, in a break with tradition, as the monarch would have normally seen her in London. But the Queen had suffered from mobility issues recently and so the meeting was moved to Balmoral.

At 7:39 a.m. London time, Truss tweeted: “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime. My thoughts—and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom—are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”

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Editor’s note: The Queen died on September 9. Buckingham Palace announced in an official statement, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.” Following the announcement, a rare double rainbow appeared in the sky outside Buckingham Palace.