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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