Hundreds of Paddington Bears left for the Queen to go to charity

FILE - A Paddington teddy bear sits on a chair next to a Union Flag umbrella as people wait opposite the Palace of Westminster to be the first to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in London on 14 September 2022. More than 1,000 Paddington Bears and other stuffed animals left in tribute to the late Queen in London and Windsor will be donated to children's charity, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday October 15.  (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, File)

FILE – A Paddington teddy bear sits on a chair next to a Union Flag umbrella as people wait opposite the Palace of Westminster to be the first to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in London on 14 September 2022. More than 1,000 Paddington Bears and other stuffed animals left in tribute to the late Queen in London and Windsor will be donated to children’s charity, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday October 15. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, File)

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More than 1,000 Paddington bears and other soft toys left in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II in London and Windsor will be donated to 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 a wave of grief after the death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch on September 8 at the age of 96.

The Queen has become linked to Paddington Bear, another British national treasure, after the two appeared together in a short humorous video during Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne . The video, which showed the Queen having afternoon tea with a computer-animated Paddington Bear, saw her telling the bear that she shared her love for marmalade sandwiches – and loved them. hide in her purse “for later”.

Buckingham Palace and Royal Parks said on Saturday that the hundreds of bears left in tribute to the Queen will be professionally cleaned before being delivered to Barnado’s, a children’s charity.

Elizabeth was patron of the charity for over 30 years and in 2016 passed the patronage to Camilla, the wife of King Charles III and now known as the Queen Consort.

“We are honored to be able to give homes to the stuffed animals that people have left in his memory,” said Lynn Perry, General Manager of Barnardo’s. “We promise to take care of these bears who will be beloved and bring joy to the children we support.”

This story was originally published October 15, 2022 5:31 p.m.

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