The Paddingtons and teddy bears that were left in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II have arrived at their permanent home.
Queen Camilla visited Barnardo’s Nursery in East London this morning, where she dropped off hundreds of toys that had been left near royal residences by mourners in the wake of the late monarch's death. To mark the occasion, the queen attended a special teddy bears picnic, where she personally distributed some of the toys.
For the outing, where the queen consort led a fleet of electric taxis delivering the toys, Camilla wore a long-sleeved, forest-green coat dress with two-tone lapels and cuffs. She finished the look with a pair of black boots, an array of jewelry including pearl drop earrings, and a purple mockingbird brooch, while carrying a small top-handle bag.
Actors Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris, who play Mr Brown and Judy Brown in the Paddington film franchise, also joined the queen consort for the festivities. Another special guest was Karen Jankel, the daughter of Paddington author Michael Bond, for whom the original stories were written.
During the picnic, the children and the guests ate marmalade sandwiches, and Bonneville performed a reading of the story Paddington Takes A Bath.
The royal parks previously released an update on the bears ahead of their delivery to Barnado's children's charity, a month after announcing that the toys left at Queen Elizabeth tributes would go to the organization. The monarch previously served as Barnado's patron from 1983 to 2016, at which point the patronage was passed on to her daughter-in-law.
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