Amidst the floral tributes, teddy bears, cards, and balloons that have filled up royal parks across the UK, mourners have taken to leaving marmalade sandwiches—a nod to Queen Elizabeth's appearance with the children's book and film character Paddington earlier this year. However, the Royal Parks organization is asking that mourners please not leave the sandwiches.
"We are asking people not to leave marmalade sandwiches because of the negative impact on the park's wildlife," Royal Parks said in a statement. Royal Parks is responsible for handling the floral tributes during the national period of mourning.
In June, Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance in a sketch with Paddington Bear for the Platinum Party at the Palace.
In the clip (watch above), Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is having tea with the Queen, and he offers her a marmalade sandwich. "I always keep one for emergencies," Paddington tells the Queen. The British monarch replies, "So do I," and pulls her own marmalade sandwich out of her handbag. "I keep mine in here...for later," she says.
"Her Majesty is well known for her sense of humour, so it should be no surprise that she decided to take part in tonight’s sketch," Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time. "There was an interest in the filming and animation process and the opportunity to invite a famous bear to tea was just too much fun to miss. While The Queen may not be attending the concert in person, she was very keen that people understood how much it meant to her and that all those watching had a great time."
After news of her death came out, the official Paddington Bear account tweeted, "Thank you Ma'am, for everything.
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