Stop leaving Paddington, jam sandwiches: royal officials

British officials have an unusual request to citizens mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II: stop putting stuffed Paddington bears and jam sandwiches in Green Park next to Buckingham Palace.

Earlier this year, the 96-year-old monarch starred in a promotional video with the CGI character during her platinum anniversary celebrations. The pair were drinking tea as Elizabeth jokingly revealed that she carries a jam sandwich in her purse everywhere.

Paddington Bear Twitter account remembered the queen following news of her death on Thursday, she wrote, “Thanks ma’am for everything.”

Now, in the days after her death, officials called Palace Park have asked that people are leaving their stuffed animals and sandwiches at home.

If people want to put flowers in the garden, that’s fine, but officials require the plastic wrap to be removed so the flowers can eventually be more easily turned into compost.

A Paddington Bear toy and jam sandwich is left between flowers and tributes outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday Saturday September 10, 2022 in Edinburgh.
Flowers are fine but Palace Park is asking mourners not to bring Paddington Bear toys and jam sandwiches for the Queen.

Twitter users reacted to news of the officer’s request – mocking it and pointing out its irony.

“Rats eat the jam sandwiches in front of Buckingham Palace” wrote one useralong with a video of Keke Palmer saying, “Mmm, there’s a little bit of sweetness to that.”

“Anyone else feel a little ‘uncomfortable’ when people leave jam sandwiches in parks and tributes when people are starving and can’t afford to eat right now?” another user questioned.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks to staff during a visit to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down Science Park October 15, 2020 near Salisbury, England.
Queen Elizabeth II turned 96.
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Meghan Markle, the estranged Duchess of Sussex, has also had to make adjustments since the Queen’s death. Her new podcast Archetypes is being put on hold amid international mourning for the Queen.

The Queen’s funeral is scheduled for September 19 at Westminster Abbey. Stop leaving Paddington, jam sandwiches: royal officials

Emma Bowman

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