Queen Elizabeth II Dead at 96: Paddington Bear Pays Tribute


Queen Elizabeth II, Paddington Bear
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Honoring his pal. Following her death on Thursday September 8, Paddington Bear made a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

“Thank you Ma’am, for everything,” read a heartfelt message shared via the bear’s official Twitter account on Thursday.

Paddington is a fictional character based in British children’s literature. He first appeared in the 1958 book. Paddington, a Bear CalledHe has been featured in more that 20 stories by British author since then. Michael BondIllustration Peggy Fortnum. The commercially successful and critically acclaimed films were also inspired by the stuffed animal. PaddingtonAnd Paddington 2The film premiered in 2014, 2017 and 2017.

Three months before her death the royal matriarch stunned viewers with a comedy sketch she did with the cuddly creature. It was the sketch that launched the Party in The Palace concert at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Juni.

The sweet clip saw the two share their mutual love of marmalade sandwiches and sit down for a cup o’ tea together. Paddington sent well wishes to the queen as she was about to leave for the big event. “Happy Jubilee Ma’am, thank you for everything,” he said, congratulating her for her 70 years on the throne.

Britons hailed the sketch as better than James Bond’s cameo.Daniel Craig) during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Paddington’s tribute was just one of many after the matriarch’s passing on Thursday. After Buckingham Palace officially announced her death at the age of 96, loving messages for the late royal — who was the longest-reigning British monarchAnd the world’s longest-serving female head of state — flooded social media.

Hours before her death, the monarch was placed under “medical supervision” due to growing concerns about her health, with members of the royal family — including Prince Charles, Prince William and Camilla Duchess — rushing to be by her side at her Balmoral estate in Scotland. According to the palace, Charles, 73, and Camilla, 75, planned to stay at Balmoral for the night in the wake of Elizabeth’s death and “return to London tomorrow.”

Earlier this month, Elizabeth chose to stay in Scotland to formally appoint Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, instead of returning to London due to her “mobility issues” preventing her from completing her travels back to Windsor Castle. She was struggling with her health since May.

While the queen was able to spend some time with Paddington in June and also was present for the Trooping the Colour parade, she elected not to attend the Service of Thanksgiving after experiencing “discomfort.”