The Queen Consort is set to attend a teddy bears picnic to personally deliver Paddington Bears left as tributes to Queen Elizabeth II following her death to a London nursery.
Camilla will visit the Barnardo’s Nursery in Bow on Thursday, November 24 to deliver the cuddly toys to children supported by the charity.
She received the patronage of Barnardo’s, which supports vulnerable children, from the Queen while she was the Duchess of Cornwall in 2016.
King Charles’s wife will join children who are supported by the nursery along with Barnardo’s staff for the picnic, alongside key characters from the world of Paddington.
Paddington film cast members Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris, who play Mr Brown and Judy Brown respectively, and Paddington author Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel, for whom the original stories were written, will attend for marmalade sandwiches on the day.
More than 1,000 Paddingtons and teddy bears would be donated to the charity it was announced last month.
The bears, which are currently being looked after at the royal residences, had been left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle in the wake of the Queen’s death last month.
The toys have been collected and professionally cleaned, Buckingham Palace said.
Last month, when it was announced they would be donated, Barnardo’s chief executive Lynn Perry said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was Barnardo’s patron for over 30 years, and we are honoured to be able to give homes to the teddies that people left in her memory.
“We promise to look after these bears who will be well-loved and bring joy to the children we support.
“We are incredibly grateful to Her Majesty The Queen Consort for her support in helping us to raise awareness of the needs of vulnerable children and young people in the UK so that we can continue to support them through our vital services.”
Tom Jarvis, director of parks at the Royal Parks charity, added: “We have been looking for a fitting and appropriate use for the hundreds of teddy bears that were left in Green Park and Hyde Park to honour the Queen.
“We are delighted that the teddy bears will now bring joy and comfort to hundreds of children supported by Barnardo’s.”
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