Paddington Bears left for the Queen cleaned and donated to children's charity
17 October 2022, 14:53
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, people started placing Paddington Bears outside royal residences as a tribute.
Over 1,000 Paddington Bear toys and other teddy bears that were left for the Queen have been donated to children's charity Barnardos.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, members of the public started to gather at royal residences, including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, to lay flowers and letters.
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Now, the thousands of toys left outside the royal residences have been professionally cleaned and sent off to charity.
To mark the special donation, Queen Consort Camilla, who became patron of Barnardos in 2016, posed for a picture with a number of the toys in the Morning Room at Clarence House.
The photograph was taken on Thursday, October 13, which was the 64th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington Bear book.
The Queen became associated with Paddington earlier this year when she appeared in a short video with the animated bear for her Platinum Jubilee.
In the video, which was a surprise to everyone, the Queen invited Paddington for tea at Buckingham Palace.
During the meeting, Paddington offers the Queen a marmalade sandwich from his hat, at which point she reveals that she also keeps a 'spare' sandwich in her handbag 'for later'.
Watch the special moment here:
🥪 👜 Ma’amalade sandwich Your Majesty?
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