Queen Consort Camilla donates Paddington bears laid in tribute to Elizabeth II

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LONDON (Reuters) – The new Queen consort and wife of King Charles III, Camilla, donated dozens of Paddington teddy bears to charity on Thursday which had been left as a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

More than a thousand teddy bears had been laid outside the palaces and royal parks of London and Windsor during the period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September.

The Queen Consort visited Barnardo Nursery in east London on Friday to attend the ‘bear picnic’, complete with marmalade sandwiches, and hand out some of the pre-cleaned Paddingtons to children.

Camilla was joined by Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris, two main actors who played the role of Mr Brown and Judy in the recent Paddington films, an adaptation of the famous series of children’s books.

The character of Paddington, a young Peruvian bear taken in by a British family, appeared with Queen Elizabeth II during the filming of a short video released on the occasion of her platinum jubilee. It featured the Queen having tea with Paddington and revealing to always have a marmalade sandwich – the bear cub’s favorite delicacy – in her bag.

(Report Michael Holden, French version Lina Golovnya, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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