While many Paddington bear stuffed animals were laid down as a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, they were given a second life, as Camilla Parker Bowles revealed on Saturday, October 15, 2022 on Twitter.
A true cultural icon in the UK, the Paddington bear character made a surprise appearance at the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on June 4, 2022. In a short video released just before the beginning of the festivities supposed to celebrate the 70 years of reign of the British monarch, the mother of King Charles III shared a cup of tea with Paddington Bear. A wonderful surprise from the British royal family to the citizens of Britain. So it was not very surprising that many English people decided to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by referring to the Paddington bear, shortly after the announcement of his death.
For the record, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8, 2022 in her second home of Balmoral, located in Scotland. All the members of the British royal family went to her bedside to live the last moments of the sovereign at her side. Afterwards, the body of the late Queen of England was brought back to London, where her coffin was displayed for several days in Westminster Hall, so that the British population could come and receive it. Among the many posthumous tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, many British people chose to leave a copy of the Paddington bear. They could be found everywhere in London, but also in front of the royal residences of London and Windsor.
Death of Elizabeth II: The stuffed animals of the Paddington bear will make the happiness of an association
Many sandwiches composed of bread and marmalade were also deposited, as the Paddington bear loves this dish. All the Paddington bear stuffed animals were surrounded by thousands of bouquets of flowers, as well as children’s drawings, to pay tribute to the record reign of Queen Elizabeth II. While the British media wondered what would happen to all those Paddington bears once the national mourning was over, it was Queen Consort, Camilla Parker Bowles, who answered that question on Saturday, October 15, 2022 on Twitter. The wife of King Charles III posted a photo of her from the official account of the British royal family, on which she is rightly surrounded by the stuffed animals in the effigy of Paddington bear.
In fact, all the stuffed animals left in front of the royal residences have been cleaned before being entrusted to the children of the Bernardo’s association, who will take good care of them. As a reminder, Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla Parker Bowles have both been patrons of this association. As per protocol, the funeral of the late monarch of the United Kingdom took place on Monday, September 19, 2022 in London, 10 days after her death. For the occasion, many foreign heads of state came to the British capital to attend the funeral. The British royal family was obviously in full force during this event, which was broadcast live in many countries.
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