When they arrived from the jungles of Deepest Darkest Peru, the labels around their necks read: ‘Please Look After This Bear’ – and look how they have fallen on their paws.
Indeed, this collection of Paddington toys found themselves one-step up from the Brown family and have been living like kings at none other than Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.
They were among more than a thousand teddy bears and soft toys left outside the monarch’s London residence, as well as Windsor Castle, in memory of Queen Elizabeth when she died in September.
Royal officials announced last month that the bears would be cleaned and distributed to children in need via Barnardo’s, the charity of which she was patron for more than 30 years.
Now, ahead of their distribution, Buckingham Palace and Royal Parks, which has been responsible for the project, have issued a charming video and photographs showing the bears’ journey from collection to sorting.
And how better to bide their time by enjoying all that Buckingham Palace and neighbouring Clarence House, where the King and Queen Consort currently live, have to offer?
Paddington takes the opportunity to enjoy a little light reading in the Clarence House library. His title of choice? Paddington Takes A Bath, naturally
A little family of bears can also be seen enjoying the peace and quiet of its Morning Room besides a picture of Her late Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh with their ‘elevenses’ – a cup of tea and a marmalade sandwich, of course!
Another is cheekily taking the chance to slide down the bannister on the Grand Staircase – something that even the royal children probably have never had the chance to do
One can be seen standing in the entrance to the throne room, while another is cheekily taking the chance to slide down the bannister on the Grand Staircase – something that even the royal children probably have never had the chance to do.
Paddington also takes the opportunity to enjoy a little light reading in the Clarence House library. His title of choice? Paddington Takes A Bath, naturally.
And a little family of bears can also be seen enjoying the peace and quiet of its Morning Room besides a picture of Her late Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh with their ‘elevenses’ – a cup of tea and a marmalade sandwich, of course!
Queen Consort Camilla will next week attend a special teddy bears picnic at a Barnardo’s nursery to personally deliver Paddington toys left at Royal residences as tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
King Charles’ wife, 75, will visit a Barnardo’s nursery in Bow on Thursday 24 November 2022 to share some of the cuddly toys with children supported by the charity.
One Paddington toy can be seen standing in the entrance to the throne room, pictured
Queen Consort Camilla will next week attend a special teddy bears picnic at a Barnardo’s nursery to personally deliver Paddington toys. On October 13 2022, Camilla was photographed (above) with some of the hundreds of Paddingtons to be donated to Barnardo’s
Her Majesty will arrive in a convoy of electric taxis which will transport the toys from Buckingham Palace and Clarence House thanks to the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children, of which she is also patron.
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 will join children supported by Bow Nursery and Barnardo’s staff for the picnic, alongside key characters from the world of Paddington.
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, will also attend the event.
It was announced last month that over 1,000 Paddingtons and teddy bears left as tributes in London and Windsor would be donated to Barnardo’s children’s services.
The late Queen met Paddington Bear for a sketch for her Jubilee celebrations which opened the BBC’s Party in the Palace to mark her 70 years on the throne
The teddy bears have all been professionally cleaned ahead of the delivery, with those being presented by Her Majesty on Thursday to remain with 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, reflective of the bears’ journey so far.
On October 13 2022, Camilla was photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House with some of the hundreds of Paddingtons and teddy bears to be donated to Barnardo’s.
Paddington became a totem for the Queen in the days following her death because one of her last public appearances was in the delightful sketch she filmed with him for her Platinum Jubilee.
King Charles’ wife, 75, will visit a Barnardo’s nursery in Bow on Thursday 24 November 2022 to share some of the cuddly toys (pictured at Green Park on September 23, 2022) with children supported by the charity
A Paddington Bear left outside Balmoral Castle, where the Queen died on September 8 2022
Mourners left so many stuffed toys, as well as the character’s beloved marmalade sandwiches, amid the floral tributes that Royal Parks bosses had to urge them to stop.
The Queen was patron of the charity from 1983 to 2016 before handing over to Camilla, who was already its president.
The late Queen had charmed TV viewers with the Jubilee sketch depicting her taking tea with Paddington at Buckingham Palace, revealing that she kept a marmalade sandwich in her handbag.
The skit was actually filmed, amid great secrecy, at Windsor Castle, and led to the bears being left alongside flowers in London’s Green Park and Hyde Park after the Queen’s death.
Almost 200 volunteers collected up all the tributes, loading them on to wagons drawn by two grey Shire horses.