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‘Corgis won’t take it very well’: Prince William jokes about Paddington Bear’s popularity over Queen’s beloved pets

SANDRINGHAM, ENGLAND: The death of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8 has sparked an outpouring of global mourning. And September 15 witnessed the same, only this time people gathered outside the Sandringham estate where Prince William and Kate Middleton met and greeted visiting mourners who paid floral tributes. Among them, the Prince of Wales spotted a baby, who wore a Paddington bear shirt. To which William said, “Paddington might have knocked the corgi off the top spot.”

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According to DailyMail, one of the visitors, Gemma Schultz had the opportunity to speak to Prince William after noticing her son was wearing a Paddington Bear t-shirt and commenting on the bear’s popularity, following the video showing the Queen and Paddington Bear taking part in the British ritual of having tea together for the BBC’s ‘Party at the Palace’. He said jokingly in captured footage of the moment: “I was saying, I think Paddington might have knocked the corgi off the top spot by now. The corgis won’t take it very well.”

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Schultz said her interaction with the Prince and Princess of Wales made her think they were “kind, genuine people”. She said: “We talked to William and we talked to Kate, they both talked about her little outfits, how nice they were… All the things they do for everyone are so nice” , according to the DailyMail report.

Another Paddington Bear Incident

According to the BBC, a seven-year-old girl, Alina, from Yate, gave a Paddington Bear toy to Prince William. As he received the gift, the prince said, “It’s so sweet. He then asked, “Does it go over there, or do you want me to keep it?” To which Alina suggested keeping it and William replied, “I could give it to George, thank you very much.”

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Prince William interacts with a girl (screenshot from DailyMail video)

Video Party at the Palace

The two-and-a-half-minute video was shown on the BBC as part of Jubilee celebrations on June 4. The video shows Paddington happy to learn that the Queen loves marmalade sandwiches too as she opens her iconic handbag to reveal her own ready-made supply. Paddington bread and marmalade inside. As Paddington shows Her Majesty what he hides under his hat, the Queen replies, “Me too”, before opening her bag and saying, “I’m keeping mine here.” Paddington concludes by saying, “Happy Jubilee Madam. And thank you. For everything.” To which the Queen responds, saying, “That’s very kind.”

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