The Daily Telegraph
‘Thank you, Ma’am, for everything’ Why Paddington Bear has played a role in tributes
The late Queen’s teatime encounter with Paddington Bear was one of the most memorable moments of her Platinum Jubilee. In the sketch, Paddington produces a marmalade sandwich which he explains he always keeps for emergencies. “So do I,” Queen Elizabeth II responds as she fishes out a marmalade sandwich from her handbag. The encounter has become one of the symbols of tributes to the late Queen. In the days following the Queen’s death, Paddington Bear and marmalade sandwiches have come to symbolise the country’s affection for her. It is a poignant tribute to the monarch and her dry sense of humour. Well-wishers have left marmalade sandwiches and bears among the floral tributes at palaces across the country. One sandwich was wrapped in clingfilm, with a brief message: “For later! xxx”. Another – simply labelled “marmalade sandwich” – has been put in a brown paper bag next to a red rose. A third was left at Balmoral in a Ziplock bag, with a simple message that reads: “A marmalade sandwich for your journey, Ma’am”.