Camilla donates Paddington bears left in tribute to the Queen to children’s charity Barnardo’s | UK News


The Queen Consort has personally donated a box of Paddington teddy bears left in honour of the Queen to a children’s charity.

Camilla arrived at Barnardo’s Bow Nursery in east London, accompanied by a member of the Welsh Guards carrying the box of teddies for the children.

The stuffed toy bears were left outside royal palaces as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, following her death in September.

The Queen Consort during a special teddy bears picnic at a Barnardo's Nursery in Bow

Wellwishers left Paddington toys after the Queen’s appearance alongside the fictional bear in a special video to mark her Platinum Jubilee in June.

More than 1,000 Paddingtons and other teddy bears were left as tributes in London and Windsor.

The toys were collected from outside the royal palaces by volunteers and professionally cleaned before being donated to Barnardo’s.

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Queen’s Paddington Bears’ next step

On Thursday, Camilla took the toy bears to Bow Nursery to donate them to the charity during a «Teddy Bear’s Picnic» event for children at the centre.

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Other toy bears will be distributed to children supported by Barnardo’s across the country.

The Queen was a patron of the children’s charity from 1983 to 2016, when she handed over the patronage to Camilla.

Earlier this month, the Royal Family shared an image of Camilla with the cleaned-up teddy bears.

On the Royal Family Twitter account, they wrote: «The Queen Consort is pictured with some of the 1,000 teddy bears that were left in tribute to Queen Elizabeth, which will now be donated to Barnardos.’

«The bears have been scrubbed up to look their best ahead of arrival at their new home.»

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