The Queen’s good friend Paddington Bear and his favorite food, marmalade sandwiches, have been advised to stay away from Buckingham Palace and nearby Green Park.
It would be pardonable to think that if the animal was associated with Queen Elizabeth II, it would be a corgi, but it turns out people like to think that Her Majesty loved the bear in the hat and blue cape just as much.
For the last four days mourners have come in droves with flowers and other tributes. Those who remained at Buckingham Palace were loaded onto a truck and transported to the newly created Green Park Tribute Garden over the weekend.
Paddington Bear, who actually has two birthdays just like the Queen, was often seen in the park after the Queen’s death, but now the fictional character has been told to stay at home.
Royal Parks, who manage the parks surrounding the palace, have been forced to ask visitors to stop bringing non-flower related items or artifacts, especially teddy bears, including the famous Paddington.
Flower tributes will be removed and composted seven to fourteen days after the burial on Monday, September 19, but the bear cannot be.
Paddington was the Queen’s surprise partner in a special parody of her platinum anniversary in June.
They drank tea together, and Paddington offered the queen a marmalade sandwich from his hat. Much to the amusement of the onlookers, the Queen pulled out her own sandwich from her purse.
Paddington ended the skit by saying “thank you for everything”.
Following the Queen’s death on Thursday, one of the skit’s writers praised the late monarch for her acting skills, since, of course, Paddington Bear was not actually present at the time of filming.
“You have to remember that there is a real game going on,” Frank Cottrell-Boyce told the BBC. Paddington isn’t really in the room. She’s playing with the eyeline and someone pretending to be Paddington is a real game.”
On Thursday evening, Paddington Bear tweeted: “Thank you ma’am for everything.”
Royal Parks also asked people to stop bringing balloons and candles, and to remove the wrappings from flower gifts.
On Monday, a small group of visitors were seen removing wrappers from flowers already left.
“We don’t need plastic, that’s the problem, so we just put it in bags,” Sandra, from southeast London, told news.com.au.
The group then rearranged the flowers. Sandra created a rainbow.
“At the moment she died, a rainbow flashed over Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, so this idea came to my mind,” she said.
Another Londoner, Katya, explained: “I was just passing by and decided to help.”