Paddington actress Sally Hawkins has told how she was worried over the problems the tributes of marmalade sandwiches could cause after the Queen’s death. In a new interview, the star, 46, aired her concerns for some of the tributes from the public.
Sally played Mary Brown, the foster mother of Paddington bear, in the two films.
Now, Sally has revealed she was left concerned over one specific tribute left for the late Monarch following her death.
After the devastating news of the Queen’s passing, thousands took to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects.
For many, this meant leaving tributes of marmalade sandwiches, following the Queen and Paddington’s sketch for her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.
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Royal Parks announced that any Paddington teddy bears left in honour of the Queen will now be stored.
Royal Parks is a charity in charge of overseeing royal parks in London that once belonged to the Royal Family and is in charge of the memorial area of Green Park located near Buckingham Palace.
In a statement to the MailOnline, Royal Parks said they would collect all teddies and artefacts and decide on what to do with them with “discretion and sensitivity”.
Organisers are still asking people to only bring flowers not wrapped in any plastic, however, cards are acceptable and will also be stored later.
The announcement comes after the organisation asked people to stop leaving “non-floral objects” yesterday, as toys, balloons and other plastics are bad for the environment.
Michael Bond, the writer of the Paddington Bear books, died in 2017, but his daughter has said she was “sad” to learn that mourners have been asked to stop leaving the teddy bears but her father would have been “overwhelmed” to see his creation being used to honour the Queen.
She said: “I think it is sad but on the other hand I can understand that it’s difficult because there are so many of them.
“It is very lovely but there are so many of them. I’m quite sure that charities could benefit from collecting them but someone has got to go and do it.”
Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.