What does Elizabeth II carry in her bag? During the 70-year reign of the monarch who He died this Thursday at the age of 96., that question made rivers of ink run. The answers have been very varied: from nothing to scarves, mints, photos of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren or, as has been seen on occasion, a lipstick that Her Majesty has retouched at a social event. But during the last Jubilee, it was she herself who revealed it. And at the moment when she received a very special guest at Buckingham Palace: the bear Paddingtonthe fictional character born in the fifties from the pen of the author Michael Bond, popularized throughout the world thanks to his two excellent versions for the big screen, which also has su own subway station on the recently opened line named after the monarch and a successful television series.
The meeting between Elizabeth II and the cinematographic teddy bear took place in a golden hall of the palace, where the two met to have tea on the occasion of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This can be seen in a video broadcast by the British royal house of just one minute and that on the first day it exceeded one and a half million views on YouTube. Under the title Ma’amalade sandwich Your Majesty? (A jam sandwich, Your Majesty?), the little bear, born in Peru and British by adoption, is shown sitting next to the queen and thanks her for receiving him at Buckingham, as well as wishing her a Happy Jubilee. “Tea?” Offers the monarch, sitting across from him. “Oh, yes, please,” the bear replies, to which he immediately proceeds to jump on the kettle and drink practically the entire contents of his beak. When he realizes his lack of protocol, he tries to serve the queen… but there are barely a few drops left. Returning crestfallen to his seat to apologize, the bear crushes a cream puff and stains a footman.
To lighten the tension, Paddington seems to find the solution in the video. “Maybe… I’d like a jam sandwich. I always carry one with me in case an emergency arises,” confesses the bear, taking the morsel out of his hat. Then the queen, with her black bag from Launer on the table, the same model that he wore for decades, he replies: “Just like me. I always carry one here.” And he opens the bag and shows it to her, with an amused smile, to which his companion is completely impressed. “For later”, continues Elizabeth II. After that, the footman approaches the balcony, where images of the crowds celebrating the queen are seen. “She is about to begin, Her Majesty,” she tells him. Elizabeth II and her bear look at each other, and he takes off her hat to congratulate her: “Happy Jubilee, ma’am. And thanks. For all”. “Very kind,” concludes the British monarch.
The video was quite a surprise within the four days of celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee, where the queen barely appeared on the first day, Thursday June 2, during the parade of the Trooping The Color, to greet from the balcony of the palace. On the second day she felt “unwell” and she refused to attend the Thanksgiving mass celebrated at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Neither did she attend the Epsom horse derby on Saturday – her daughter, Princess Anne, replaced her – nor the massive concert held at Buckingham Palace, where Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys sang.
Hence, the video in which the queen appears next to Paddington, who is not even a real character but an animated figure to which the actor Ben Wishaw (no time to die) lends her exquisite voice. The short film also contains a tone of humor that few expected from the queen, but Elizabeth II had already shown that she knew how to bring out the weapon of laughter when necessary, like a decade ago, during the opening of the London Olympics, when he starred in a comedy step alongside James Bond, played by Daniel Craig.