Platinum Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth meets Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace in video sketch

LONDON – Now we know what’s in Queen Elizabeth II’s bag.

The long-running mystery was solved on Saturday, when the British monarch made the second star turn of her career, appearing in a mini-movie to start a concert to celebrate her 70 years on the throne. The sketch showed the queen drinking a cream tea with the British national treasure Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace.

After drinking all the tea and ruining the cakes, the coat worn by a bear from deeper Peru told Elizabeth that he always had a spare stock of jam sandwiches with him, lifting his red hat to reveal his favorite delicacy.

“So am I,” the queen replied before opening her bag and declaring, “I keep mine in here.”

The scene is reminiscent of the moment Elizabeth appeared as Bond’s girlfriend in a short film about the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

“Her Majesty is known for her sense of humor, so it should come as no surprise that she decided to take part in tonight’s sketch,” the palace said. “A famous tea bear was a lot of fun to lose.”

The performance of the queen with a cartoon bear caused laughter and loud applause from the overflowing crowd at the concert outside Buckingham Palace which was the culmination of the third of the four days of celebrations for the celebration of Platinum. The 96-year-old monarch did not attend the concert in person because of what the palace describes as “episodic mobility issues”.

Despite the queen’s absence, the mood was high during an event that culminated in the appearance of the monarch’s son and grandson. Prince Charles and his son, Prince William, paid tribute to the Queen in separate speeches that honored the past and saw the future.

Anne Middleton, 61, who traveled from Cardiff, Wales for the jubilee celebrations, said she liked Paddington’s sketch and the queen’s decision to skip the event did not diminish the festivities.

“Not for me,” she said, adorned from head to toe on the flags of the United Kingdom and Wales. “He showed up on the first day and we know he would be there if he could.”

Charles began his short speech by addressing the queen as “Your Majesty, a mummy”, and then paid tribute to “a life of selfless service”.

The queen’s eldest son and successor recalled the growing list of world leaders Elizabeth experienced and the endless stacks of government documents she reviewed during a reign that now extends from the early days of the Cold War to the information age. But he also emphasized his mother’s role as a symbol of stability, uniting the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as they negotiated this rapidly changing world.

“You met us and talked to us. You laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you are there for us, these 70 years,” said Charles as scenes from the queen’s life were projected on the walls of the palace. “You have promised to serve your whole life – you continue to give. That is why we are here. This is what we celebrate tonight.”

William preceded his father in comments that underlined the queen’s long-term commitment to the environment, as he stressed the need to combat climate change. The presentation began with an excerpt from the Queen’s Christmas message in 1989, in which she called on all nations to work together to protect the earth for “our children and our children’s children”.

That message is still relevant today, William said.

“It is my firm hope that my grandmother’s words are as true in 70 years as tonight, that as nations we will be together for a common purpose, because then there is always room for hope.”

The queen has not attended any of the jubilee celebrations since Thursday, when she nodded to her supporters from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The monarch also decided not to go to the Epsom Derby earlier on Saturday and was represented at the famous annual racetrack by her daughter, Princess Anna.

The queen, known as the horse lover, has only lost the Epsom Derby a few times. On Saturday, five of her former horses paraded and 40 riders riding for the queen formed an honor guard before the national anthem was played.

“He has been raising horses for over 60 years,” Frankie Dettori, one of the riders, told the BBC. “She knows all the bloodlines and has won many races and is very up to date.”

“I’m sure he will find a TV today and watch it live, because he loves Derby so much,” he added.

It was the second time in so many days that the queen’s mobility problems stole the opportunity from the crowds to see her.

On Friday, the Queen missed a special Thanksgiving service in her honor at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Palace officials said he had experienced “some discomfort” at events the previous day, which included shaking hands with huge crowds from Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry and his wife, Megan, were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since leaving the royal office and moving to California two years ago.

Apart from the Friday service, the couple has so far stayed out of the limelight. Their two children, Archie and Lilibet, who closed one Saturday, have not yet made an appearance on this trip. A spokesman for the couple said they were spending their day “privately” and would not be coming with about 30 other kings to Saturday’s concert.

Meanwhile, members of the royal family traveled to Wales and Northern Ireland as part of celebrations throughout the United Kingdom

William and his wife Kate brought two of their three children – 8-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte – to Cardiff Castle in Wales before a special concert at the castle grounds in honor of the Queen.

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited a 1950s beach festival in Belfast. Edward tried to grab a pint of Guinness at a dinner party, while Sophie took part in a dance show in the ’50s and’ 60s.

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