The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert, entitled ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’, got off to a heartwarming start.
As musicians including Alicia Keys and Georga Ezra prepared to perform at the BBC event, viewers were shown a pre-taped snippet of the Queen herself playing alongside Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whishaw.
Similar to the segment she filmed alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, this new clip saw the Queen demonstrate her acting skills to the CGI character.
The clip, which also starred actor Simon Farnaby as Barry the Security Guard, saw Paddington have a lunch of jam sandwiches with Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace.
He ended up wishing the Queen a “happy anniversary” and thanking her “for everything”.
“Ok Her Maj and Paddington was surprisingly wonderful and I won’t hear anything else,” one viewer wrote, while another called it “the cutest thing ever.”
“London 2012 might have had a James Bond sketch with the Queen, but THIS PADDINGTON ONE TAKES IT A MILE away,” concluded one viewer.
Elsewhere during the ceremony, comedian Lee Mack made a joke about the Partygate scandal – in front of Boris Johnson himself – while Stephen Fry made a comment about Prime Minister that left the crowd gasping.
Later in the ceremony, viewers noticed that George Ezra censored his own lyrics about death during a performance of one of his hit songs.
Catch up on all the live updates from the event as it happened here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/jubilee-concert-queen-elizabeth-paddington-bear-b2094230.html Platinum Jubilee Concert: The Queen showcases ‘cute’ acting skills with Paddington sketch for BBC concert