'Thank you Ma'am': Paddington Bear tweets emotional tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

'Thank you Ma'am': Paddington Bear tweets emotional tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth and Paddington Bear enjoying cream tea at Buckingham Palace during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Screenshot/The Royal Family YouTube channel)

LONDON, ENGLAND: In the moments since Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth II died on the afternoon of September 8, tributes have been flooding in for the queen. Among them comes a heart-breaking tribute from Paddington Bear, who recently featured in a video with the monarch as part of celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee. A tweet shared from Paddington's official Twitter account read, "Thank you Ma’am, for everything."

The tweet has already gained more than 250K likes and has been retweeted around 47K times by fans, who had taken great joy in witnessing the Queen and Paddington Bear partaking in the quintessentially British ritual of enjoying tea together for BBC's 'Party at the Palace'. Kept a secret for months by Buckingham Palace, the BBC Studios and Heyday Films/Studiocanal, 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.”


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Paddington used those words once again, but this time in a mournful tribute to the Queen which left a number of fans in tears, feeling "heartbroken." One wrote, "Didn’t think I’d be crying at Paddington today," While another said, "This one tweet has reduced me to a snivelling mess." One more said, "I’ve been trying to find the right words for the past couple of hours but this seems the most appropriate."




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Meanwhile, others offered their own tributes to the longest-serving British monarch. One said, "Very sad day. She was the greatest." One more individual commented by saying, "You are a berry special little bear! She thought so, too." A third person said, "I loved that little film she made with Paddington for her Platinum Jubilee. She had a lovely twinkle in her eye." To which, one replied, "Yes it was charming."




The late queen leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie and Lilibet. Her eldest son King Charles III will be crowned soon with Camilla as his Queen Consort.

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