The late Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear had a very special bond — one so deep that one man even had their bond tattooed on himself.
An anonymous man in Benidorm, Spain, on Monday colored a graphic of Elizabeth and Paddington in tribute to the monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96 after seven decades of service to the UK and Commonwealth.
The ink featured a corgi, the blue duffle coat teddy, and the back of Elizabeth in a turquoise dress with the words, “Well, that’s it, tea?” drawn by illustrator Eleanor Tomlinson.
A tattoo artist named Jon spoke about the permanent illustration and how a client brought in the design for drawing.
“It’s very common in this industry to ask for a tribute tattoo after the death of a well-known person,” he told The Mirror.
“I usually shy away from it because I don’t like making money off other people’s misfortunes. When I got the request, I said I wasn’t going to make any money from it,” he continued.
Elizabeth’s funeral is due to begin on September 19 and some shops in the UK will be closed out of respect for the mourners.
“On the day of the funeral I will close the shop and use the money from the discounted tattoo to buy flowers to put outside the shop,” Jon added.
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The sovereign starred in a TV skit with Paddington earlier this year in honor of her platinum anniversary and hilariously shared tea with the cuddly creature.
Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who co-wrote the sketch, explained how it came about after her death last week. “She’s absolutely glowing at this moment,” he told the BBC on September 9.
“She [acted] brilliant and with obvious pleasure. And it wasn’t easy. Paddington isn’t really there, so technically it’s an amazing performance and a brilliantly timed comic performance,” he said.
The bear even paid tribute to Elizabeth after her death, tweeting, “Thanks ma’am for everything.”
Mourners have even left stuffed paddingtons and jam sandwiches – a favorite snack of the bear and the Queen – in Green Park next to Buckingham Palace, despite royal officials asking them not to do so.
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