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Paddington is now more iconic than the Queen’s corgis

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton greeted mourners at Sandringham on Thursday, where he cracked a lighthearted joke about his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, had a special relationship with the cartoon character Paddington Bear and was known for her affection for corgis during her 70-year tenure on the British throne.

William, 40, noticed a well-wisher named Gemma Schultz outside the property in Norfolk, England, whose baby was wearing a T-shirt with the bear on it.

The Prince of Wales then joked about the animal’s increasing popularity.

He noted how Paddington “thumped the corgi off the top” and that Her late Majesty’s dogs “wouldn’t take it well”.

Recalling her brief meeting with the Duke of Cambridge on the BBC, Schultz said: “We spoke to William and we spoke to Kate, both said it [her son’s] little outfits, how beautiful they were. All the things they do for everyone is just so beautiful.”

Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her corgis, September 28, 1952
Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle with one of her corgis in 1952.
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Royals fans have left flowers, tributes and condolences at Sandringham to show their love for their late Queen.

William even reportedly told a woman waiting that Wednesday’s procession to bring the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall was “very difficult” and “brought back a few memories” as he walked behind his mother Princess Diana’s coffin in 1997 .

“Don’t cry now, you’re killing me,” he said to a mourner.

The crowd watches a film of Queen Elizabeth II having tea with Paddington Bear on a big screen at the Platinum Jubilee concert taking place outside Buckingham Palace, London on Saturday 4th June 2022, the third of four Bank Holidays Platinum Anniversary. The events, over a long bank holiday weekend in Britain, are set to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 70th anniversary of service. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
Queen Elizabeth II took part in a memorable sketch with Paddington Bear in honor of her platinum anniversary last June.
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“I’m learning that she was everyone’s grandmother — that’s how people reacted,” he also told a member of the crowd.

The father-of-three posted a heartfelt tribute to his grandmother shortly after her death.

“I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that comes from a different age but is relevant to all of us,” he wrote, saying he will “honor her memory.” by supporting my father The King, in every possible way.”

Prince William addresses members of the public at Sandringham on September 15.

Prince William addresses members of the public at Sandringham on September 15.


The Prince of Wales greets well-wishers on Thursday.

The Prince of Wales greets well-wishers on Thursday.


Pictures of Paddington Bear are among the condolences left at Sandringham.

Pictures of Paddington Bear are among the condolences left at Sandringham.


Prince William and Kate Middleton examine the tributes left for the Queen.

Prince William and Kate Middleton examine the tributes left for the Queen.


He later told the Sunday Times of London: “One day I will lead the family. And it’s important that I can do that.”

King Charles III rose to power immediately after the Queen’s death and William was subsequently bestowed the title of Prince of Wales. The role was previously held by William’s father, when he was known as “Prince Charles” during his mother’s lifetime.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/prince-william-paddington-now-more-iconic-than-queens-corgis/ Paddington is now more iconic than the Queen’s corgis

Emma Bowman

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