Camilla, the Queen Consort, has been pictured surrounded by heartfelt tributes to Queen Elizabeth II at her family home. After Her Majesty died on September 8, Britons mourning the monarch decided to leave tributes in parks across the country.
Along with flowers and notes paying tribute to the Queen, hundreds of Paddington Bear plushies were left in Hyde Park.
Now, after the teddy bears were collected by Buckingham Palace after the mourning period ended, Camilla has been snapped surrounded by the Paddingtons.
Camilla wore a navy dress as she laughed with a teddy bear in the Morning Room at Clarence House.
The toys were donated to Barnardo’s Children’s Services and have been cared for by staff at Buckingham Palace, as well as staff from Clarence House and the Royal Park Nursery.
On the royal family’s Twitter account, they said: “Please look after this bear.
“The Queen Consort is pictured with some of the 1,000 teddy bears left behind as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth, which will now be donated to Barnardo’s.
“The bears have been scrubbed up to look their best before they arrive at their new home.”
The photo was taken on 13 October, which also marked the 64th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington Bear book.
Britons gushed over the image, with user @FannyFortesque saying: “Some child somewhere should get a special little bear in their Christmas stocking.”
Another user, @kathrinepandell, said: “Paddington Bear will get out there and make so many new friends smile, what a brilliant idea, thank you Your Majesty.”
User @andreafranklin suggested: “They should take one for each of the royal kids to give them all something to remember their grandma by.”
One person, user @Catheri41487045, also said: “What a great idea and who better than Queen Camila to be the teddy bear bearer.”
Speaking about the Paddington Bear donations, Lynn Perry, chief executive of Barnardo’s, said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was patron of Barnardo’s for over 30 years and we are honored to be able to give homes to the bears that people left at her .memory.
“We promise to look after these bears, who will be loved and bring joy to the children we support.”
She added: “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.”