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The Queen Consort attended a special teddy bear picnic in Barnardo’s nursery today, where she delivered the Paddington toys left at royal residences in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen Consort, elegantly dressed for the outing in an emerald green robe dress, was beaming when she arrived at the Barnardo’s in Bow this morning.
She was accompanied by several staff members, carrying baskets of stuffed animals.
They were among more than a thousand teddy bears and stuffed animals left outside the monarch’s London residence, as well as Windsor Castle, in memory of Queen Elizabeth II after her death in September.
Royal officials announced last month that the bears would be cleaned and distributed to children in need through Barnardo’s, the charity of which she was a patron for more than 30 years.
From deepest darkest Peru to Barnados! Camilla personally delivers stuffed animals left in tribute to the late Queen to a charity in London during the teddy bear’s picnic
The Queen Consort, elegantly dressed in an emerald green coat dress for the outing, was beaming as she arrived at the Barnardo’s in Bow this morning
Her Majesty arrived in a convoy of electric taxis transporting the toys from Buckingham Palace and Clarence House courtesy of the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children, of which she is also a patron.
King Charles’s wife, 75, then shared some of the hugs with children supported by the charity.
In 2016, Queen Elizabeth passed the patronage of Barnardo’s – which works to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children – to the then Duchess of Cornwall.
During her visit, Camilla joined the children supported by Bow Nursery and Barnardo’s staff for the picnic, along with key figures from the world of Paddington.
On October 13, 2022, Camilla was photographed (above) with some of the hundreds of Paddingtons donated to Barnardo’s.
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, also attended the event.
Last month it was announced that more than 1,000 Paddingtons and teddy bears would be donated to Barnardo’s children’s services as a tribute in London and Windsor.
The teddy bears have all been professionally cleaned prior to delivery, and the teddy bears have been presented by Her Majesty to stay with the children at the Bow Nursery, while others will be distributed to children supported by Barnardo’s across the country.
As part of the teddy bears’ picnic celebration, Hugh Bonneville will read the story ‘Paddington Takes A Bath’ to the children and guests, reflecting the bears’ journey to date.
Her Majesty arrived in a convoy of electric taxis transporting the toys from Buckingham Palace and Clarence House courtesy of the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children, of which she is also a patron
Paddington became a totem for the Queen in the days following her death, as one of her last public appearances was in the beautiful sketch she filmed with him for her Platinum Anniversary.
The late Queen had charmed TV viewers with the jubilee sketch which showed her having tea with Paddington at Buckingham Palace, revealing that she kept a marmalade sandwich in her handbag.
The skit was actually filmed, under great secrecy, at Windsor Castle, and led to the bears being left next to flowers in London’s Green Park and Hyde Park after the Queen’s death.
During her visit, Camilla went on a picnic with children supported by Bow Nursery and Barnardo’s staff, along with key figures from the world of Paddington.
The Queen Consort posed for a photo next to some stuffed bears as she delivered them
Nearly 200 volunteers collected all the tributes and loaded them onto wagons pulled by two gray Shire horses.
On October 13, 2022, Camilla was photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House with some of the hundreds of Paddingtons and teddy bears donated to Barnardo’s.
Mourners left behind so many hugs, as well as the character’s beloved marmalade sandwiches, amid the floral tributes that Royal Parks bosses had to urge them to stop.
Prince William later said he “choked” at the sight of the Paddingtons, admitting, “It’s the things you don’t expect that get you.”
The late Queen met Paddington Bear for a sketch for her jubilee celebrations that opened the BBC’s Party at the Palace to mark her 70 years on the throne
Before they were distributed, Buckingham Palace and Royal Parks released a charming video and photos showing the bears’ journey from collecting to sorting.
And what better way to bide their time enjoying all that Buckingham Palace and neighboring Clarence House, where the King and Queen Consort currently live, have to offer?
You can see one standing at the entrance to the throne room, while another brazenly seizes the opportunity to slide down the railing of the Grand Staircase – something even the royal children probably never had the chance to do.
Before they were distributed, Buckingham Palace and Royal Parks released a charming video and photos showing the bears’ journey from collecting to sorting (pictured)
As well as a photo of the late Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh with their ‘elevenses’, a small family of bears can be seen enjoying the peace and quiet of the Morning Room – a cup of tea and a marmalade sandwich, of course!
Another brazenly seizes the opportunity to slide off the railing of the Grand Staircase – something even the royal children probably never had the chance to do
A Paddington toy can be seen at the entrance to the throne room still holding his trunk, pictured
Paddington also took the opportunity to do some light reading in the library at Clarence House. His chosen title? Paddington naturally takes a bath.
And alongside a photo of Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh with their ‘elevenses’, a small family of bears can be seen enjoying the peace and quiet of the Morning Room – a cup of tea and a marmalade sandwich, of course!
The Queen was a patron of the charity from 1983 to 2016 before handing it over to Camilla, who was already president.
A Paddington bear left outside Balmoral Castle, where the Queen died on September 8, 2022