Queen Elizabeth’s Last Gift to Children
Following the death of the long-time reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, over 1,000 Paddingtons and teddy bears were left outside several different Royal Residences both in London and Windsor. It has now been announced that these will be donated to a series of children’s hospitals.
On Saturday, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Parks, and Barnardo’s children’s charity all announced that the Paddingtons and teddy bears would be provided to Barnardo’s children services, a nonprofit organization that Queen Elizabeth passed to Queen Camilla in 2016.
The press release stated that all the bears would be professionally cleaned before their delivery began. In celebration of the announcement, a photograph of the Queen Consort was taken featuring both her and the many of the bears.
Queen Camilla could be seen wearing a dark outfit in the photo which was taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House on Thursday. The date of its taking also marks the 64th anniversary of the original publication of the first Paddington bear book.
The statement said that until their delivery the bears would be “well looked after” at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and in the Royal Parks nursery.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Lynn Perry MBE also stated gratitude towards the late Queen Elizabeth’s dedication to the charity organization “for over 30 years.” They also promised that the bears would be “well-loved” and be given to “bring joy to the children we support.”
The statement also noted their appreciation towards Her Majesty the Queen Consort for her continued support and help in protecting the needs of vulnerable children and young people in the UK.
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