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The Independent

Queen Camilla presents tribute Paddington bears to weak youngsters at charity

Camilla, the Queen Consort, has delivered greater than 1,000 Paddington bear toys that have been left in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II to weak youngsters.

The royal mentioned it was a “pleasure” to assist the stuffed toys get new properties with youngsters cared for by Barnardo’s charity at Bow day nursery in east London.

She visited the nursery and held a picnic full with Paddington’s signature marmalade sandwiches.

Camilla was joined by Paddington movie solid members Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris, and writer Michael Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel, for whom he wrote the tales.

The beloved fictional bear, together with his blue duffel coat and crimson hat, grew to become a preferred reward to go away in tribute to the late monarch after her demise in September, as a nod to her platinum jubilee sketch that includes Paddington.

Hundreds of toys have been left by members of the general public on the Lengthy Stroll in Windsor and outdoors Buckingham Palace through the 10-day mourning interval.

The royal household introduced it will donate greater than 1,000 bears to Barnardo’s. Every toy was professionally cleaned earlier than they have been delivered to the charity.

Camilla was greeted by Barnardo’s chief government Lynn Perry MBE and its chair of trustees John Bartlett throughout her go to to the nursery.


She was then taken on a tour by crew supervisor Shamima Ahmed and joined a bunch of youngsters aged two and below round a desk.

The Queen Consort additionally spoke with a bunch of older youngsters who have been enjoying with blue foam and requested them: “What are we doing right here? Making a large number? We love a little bit of mess.”

She later shared the marmalade sandwiches and handed out Paddington Bears to the keen youngsters.


Bonneville, who performs Mr Brown, learn the story “Paddington Takes a Bathtub” to the youngsters to mirror how all their bears wanted cleansing earlier than arriving on the nursery.

Camilla additionally gently informed the youngsters to verify they put tiny boots on their toys, “in any other case he gained’t have the ability to go outdoors”.

As she departed, Camilla informed the youngsters and nursery employees: “It has been a pleasure to discover a residence for these bears – please take care of them fastidiously.”


{A photograph} of the Queen Consort surrounded by Paddington Bears was shared on 13 October to mark the 64th anniversary of the publication of the primary ebook.

Camilla is the patron of Barnardo’s, a present to the then-Duchess of Cornwall from the late Queen in 2016.

Extra reporting by PA

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