Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier in 2022 and there was a sweet moment where she shared tea with Paddington Bear. As the world mourns the death of the Queen, BBC has honored her by playing a marathon of Paddington movies.
Here is what you need to know about Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear.
Queen Elizabeth Met Paddington Bear at Platinum Jubilee
At her Platinum Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II had a sketch with Paddington Bear. It showed a fun side of the monarch and allowed her to make some jokes with the loveable bear. The two shared cream tea at Buckingham Palace to honor her 70 years of service to her country. More so, they shared a funny joke. Paddington revealed he hides his beloved marmalade sandwiches under his hat, and Queen Elizabeth showed him she kept hers in her iconic handbag.
Author Michael Bond from Berkshire, England, created Paddington Bear in 1958 with the book A Bear Called Paddington. He has featured the character in over 20 books with illustrations by various artists. He is a spectacled bear from Peru, adopted and brought to England, where he became a beloved suitcase-carrying, hat and duffel coat-wearing, marmalade-loving icon in British literary history. Paddington Bear also appeared in two movies, with Paddington in 2014 and Paddington 2 in 2017.
BBC airing Paddington movies to honor Queen Elizabeth II
With plans confirmed for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday at Westminster Abbey, British television networks have set up plans for what they will air around it. BBC announced that in honor of the Queen, they will air “special broadcasts” of Paddington and Paddington 2.
The first Paddington movie airs on Saturday night. Additionally, BBC will air Paddington 2 following Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday. Moreover, the movies are beloved, with Paddington at 97% positive on Rotten Tomatoes and Paddington 2 sitting at 99% positive. Ben Winshaw voices Paddington Bear in the movies, and also voiced him in the Platinum Jubilee skit.
The Queen’s funeral
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin left her Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sunday and began a week-long progression through her country. King Charles III was part of the progression with the coffin on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to Buckingham Palace. She will lie in state, where the public can view her coffin for four days.
They will move the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Abbey on September 19. National and world leaders will attend the funeral, including President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. Finally, they will move the coffin to Windsor Castle for her committal service. The funeral is Monday, starting at 6 am ET.
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