‘The corgis won’t take that very well’: Prince William jokes about Paddington Bear’s popularity over Queen’s beloved pets
'Paddington might have knocked the corgi off the top spot,' says Prince William after spotting a young fan with the character's t-shirt
SANDRINGHAM, ENGLAND: The death of the UK's longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8 received a wave of global mourning. And September 15 witnessed the same, but this time people gathered outside Sandringham Estate where Prince William and Kate Middleton met and greeted the visiting mourners who laid floral tributes. Among them, the Prince of Wales spotted a baby, who was wearing a shirt with Paddington Bear. To which William said, “Paddington might have knocked the corgi off the top spot.”
According to DailyMail, one of the visitors, Gemma Schultz got the opportunity to talk to Prince William after he noticed her son wearing a Paddington Bear t-shirt and commented about the bear's popularity, following the video that showed the Queen and Paddington Bear partaking in the British ritual of enjoying tea together for BBC's 'Party at the Palace'. He said jokingly in a footage captured of the moment, "I was saying, I think Paddington might have knocked the corgi off the top spot now. The corgis won't take that very well.”
Schultz said her interaction with the Prince and Princess of Wales made her think they were "nice and genuine people". She said, "We spoke to William and we spoke to Kate, they both said about his little outfits, how nice they were... All the things that they are doing for everyone is just so nice," as per the DailyMail report.
Another Paddington Bear incident
According to BBC, a seven-year-old girl, Alina, from Yate, gave a Paddington Bear toy to Prince William. As he received the gift, the Prince said, "It is so sweet." He then asked, "Is that going over there, or do you want me to keep it?" To which Alina hinted to keep it and William replied, "I might give it to George, thank you very much."
Party at the Palace video
The two and half minute video was shown on BBC as part of the Jubilee celebrations on June 4. The video shows Paddington being happy to learn that the Queen also loves marmalade sandwiches as she opens her iconic handbag to reveal her very own ready-made supply of Paddington’s bread and orange preserve staple inside. As Paddington shows Her Majesty what he hides under his hat, the Queen replies, “So do I,” before opening her bag and saying, “I keep mine in here.” Paddington concludes by saying, “Happy Jubilee Ma’am. And thank you. For everything.” To which the Queen responds by saying, “That’s very kind.”