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The Queen’s Paddington Bear tributes are finding new homes with children across the capital

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The bears were given a police escort from Clarence House to the venue by representatives of the London Taxi Driver Charity for Children.

Camilla attended the Special Teddy Bear Picnic at Barnardo’s Nursery in Bromley along with actors Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris who play Mr Brown and Judy Brown in the film Paddington.

Hugh Bonneville said: “It is a great initiative with the label stating that this teddy bear was left in a royal park or residence in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“All the kids here got one of these bears here today, they may not get the effect of it now but it will be very special in the years to come.

“The idea of ​​these two great symbols of kindness where the bear is always trying to reach out the hand of friendship and kindness and unite in this wonderful sketch is so wonderful that it was adopted as a symbol at the time of her death.

“It’s a beautiful memory of her that will live on for the next generation.”

The picnic was rounded off with a special ‘Story Time of Paddington’ which ended with the legendary bear’s favorite snack, a jam sandwich.

Madeline Harris said there were “mixed feelings about the sandwiches, but half of them liked them and the bears themselves were really well received”.

The Royal Family has donated more than 1,000 bears to Barnardo’s and each one has been professionally cleaned before being delivered to the charity.

Karen Jankel, daughter of Michael Bond, who wrote the Paddington story, said: “My father would be delighted, I’m not sure he really ever expected Paddington to reach those dizzying heights, but in indeed something very special.

“I was more like saying he never actually saw it as he would have found it very special.”

The visit came after Camilla was pictured surrounded by teddies in a photo taken on October 13 to mark the 64th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington Bear book.

Lynn Perry, Chief Executive of Barnardo’s said: “It was a morning of joy and happiness for the children when they received a Paddington Bear in memory of Queen Elizabeth.

“It is a great honor for the children in this community.

“I know these bears will be going to great homes and it was fantastic that we could have a story hour where they were so immersed in the history of Paddington and their journey here, with a special bath.”

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Camilla attended the Special Teddy Bear Picnic at Barnardo’s Nursery in Bromley along with actors Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris who play Mr Brown and Judy Brown in the film Paddington.

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