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Queen Elizabeth funeral: Mourners asked NOT to leave Paddington Bears and marmalade sandwiches

As thousands of mourners paid tribute to the Queen, Royal Parks said people should only leave unwrapped flowers in Green Park
UPDATED SEP 12, 2022
Royal Parks authorities have requested to stop bringing Paddington Bear to pay tribute to the Queen ( Carl Court /Getty Images)
Royal Parks authorities have requested to stop bringing Paddington Bear to pay tribute to the Queen ( Carl Court /Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND: As the world mourns the sad demise of Queen Elizabeth II and tributes continue to pour in, Royal Parks officials have now asked mourners to stop leaving Paddington Bear and marmalade sandwiches to pay tribute to the Queen. However, the authorities have suggested bringing unwrapped flowers instead. 

Royal Parks which is considered to be the dedicated site for tributes at Green Park stated that only unwrapped floral tributes can be left in memory of the former monarch. Meanwhile, children across the country have paid homage to the long-standing queen with teddy bears and marmalade sandwiches. 


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According to DailyMail, the authorities encourage people to leave only organic material so that it can be easy to decompose. In a statement on their website, Royal Parks said: "Unfortunately, no gifts and artifacts will be accepted and the public will be asked not to bring these to the parks." It further added, "Non-floral objects/artefacts such as teddy bears or balloons should not be brought."

A visitor leaves flowers to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II the day after her death, outside the British embassy on September 09, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral Castle, her royal residence in Scotland, aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
 Citizens are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

The statement also said, "In the interests of sustainability, we ask visitors to only lay organic or compostable material. The public will be asked to remove all wrapping from floral tributes and place these in the bins provided. Removing the wrapping will aid the longevity of the flowers and will assist in subsequent composting which will start between one week and a fortnight after the date of the funeral." It further added, "Cards and labels will, however, be accepted and will be periodically removed by The Royal Parks’ staff and contractors for storage offsite. This process will be carried out with discretion and sensitivity. Visitors must not leave artifacts in any other areas of the parks.

Flowers and tributes are laid outside Buckingham Palace on September 9, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Thousands of people flocked to pay tribute to the Queen from various parts of the nation (Carl Court/Getty Images

The Royal Parks officials also explained, "Tributes will be left on site until all ceremonial activity has taken place. It is expected that all floral tributes will be removed from park areas from seven to fourteen days after the date of the funeral." Further, it stated, "Tributes will be monitored throughout and if floral tributes have deteriorated, they will be removed and taken to the Hyde Park nursery for processing to prepare them for composting."


Paddington Bear and marmalade sandwich turned popular after the release of a video from the platinum jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. In the video, Queen explored the humorous side of her when she took a sandwich out of her bag that she keeps for later. The official Twitter handle of Paddington Bear also paid tribute to her with a tweet that read, "Thank you Ma’am, for everything."