More than 1,000 Paddington bears and other teddy bears were left as a tribute to the deceased Queen Elizabeth II in London and Windsor will be donated to a children’s charity, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday.
Mourners left thousands of tributes, including flowers and teddy bears, outside Buckingham Palace and in London’s royal parks and outside Windsor Castle in an outpouring of grief after Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died on September 8 at the age of 96.
The Queen became associated with Paddington Bear, another British national treasure, after the two appeared together in a short comedy video during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne. In the video, which shows the Queen having afternoon tea with computer-animated Paddington Bear, she is seen telling the bear that she shares his love of marmalade sandwiches – and likes to stash them in her purse “for later”.
Buckingham Palace and Royal Parks said on Saturday that hundreds of bears left in honor of the Queen will be professionally cleaned before being delivered to Barnado’s, a children’s charity.
Elizabeth has been a patron of the charity for over 30 years and in 2016 passed the patronage on to wife Camilla To the king Charles III and now known as the Queen Consort.
“We are honored to be able to give homes to the bears that people have left in her memory,” said Lynn Perry, chief executive of Barnardo’s. “We promise to look after these bears to be loved and bring joy to the children we support.”
Members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II’s three children, were overwhelmed by messages of support from the public at Balmoral