The Royal Family has released a photo of Camilla Parker Bowles surrounded by dozens of Paddington Bear teddies that were left in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last month.
In the photo, shared to the official royal Instagram account, the Queen Consort smiles at the camera as she holds just one of the many Paddington Bear teddies – which are due to be donated to charity, it has been revealed.
“Please look after this bear,” the caption begins. “The Queen Consort is pictured with some of the 1000 teddy bears that were left in tribute to Queen Elizabeth, and will shortly find new loving homes with @barnardos_uk children’s services.”
The caption went on: “The bears have been scrubbed up to look their best, before they are delivered to their new home. The bears are currently being well looked after at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and in the Royal Parks nursery located in Hyde Park.”
“The photograph was taken by @chrisjacksongetty at Clarence House on 13 October 2022,” the caption ends. “The 64th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington bear book.”
Unsurprisingly, the sweet photo quickly racked up over a quarter of a million likes and royal fans flocked to the comments section to praise the Royal Family for donating the teddies. “What a fabulous idea to share the generosity of our nation with children such deserving children,” one person commented, with another writing: “What a wonderful way to honour the Queen.”
“Awww I love this and what a great gift for a child in need,” a third person said, as another chimed into the conversation with: “So wonderful that the loving gestures will become lights of hope, support and warmth.”
Paddington Bear became synonymous with Her Majesty earlier this year when the pair took part in a comedy sketch for the Platinum Jubilee. In the clip, Her Majesty and Paddington Bear enjoy an afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace, and later bond over the fact that she had a hidden snack – a marmalade sandwich – in her purse. Following the Queen’s death, royal fans left flowers, cards and balloons as tributes, as well as Paddington Bear teddies and marmalade sandwiches.
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