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The adorable sketch was reportedly a work in progress for many months and was kept so low-key that even members of the royal family did not know about it till the Platinum Jubilee concert

Over the weekend, fans of the British royal family were thrilled when Queen Elizabeth II and British icon Paddington Bear appeared in a short skit that was aired during the star-studded Platinum Jubilee concert on June 4 in London. 

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The reigning monarch starred opposite the beloved children’s character who was voiced by Ben Whishaw in a pre-recorded skit that was aired at the concert. In the skit, Paddington joins the Queen for tea at Buckingham Palace where he promptly begins guzzling tea straight from the teapot and then accidentally smashes his paw into the food. 

Thankfully, the faux pas is quickly resolved when the adorable bear pulls out a marmalade sandwich from his hat. The Queen looks at the bear and then pulls out her own marmalade sandwich from her handbag. 

“I keep mine in here,” she says, “for later.”

The skit ends with an emotional moment between the duo where Paddington looks at the Queen and says, “Happy Jubilee Ma'am. And thank you for everything.”

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As exciting as the collaboration was, what everyone wanted to know was what went on behind the scenes of the filming.

While Buckingham Palace is choosing not to comment on the clip to preserve the illusion and magic, we do know that it was filmed in March and that Paddington Bear was added later on through computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The skit, which was a collaboration between Buckingham Palace, BBC Studios and Heyday Films/Studiocanal, was a work in progress for many months. It was filmed at Windsor Castle despite being set at Buckingham Palace.

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Typically, in the Paddington films, the character is brought to life using CGI and animatronics. Live-action actors usually film scenes with a Paddington model, a mechanical head and crew members who move objects around so that the cast can act realistically. 

“Her Majesty is well known for her sense of humour, so it should be no surprise that she decided to take part in tonight’s sketch. There was an interest in the filming and animation process and the opportunity to invite a famous bear to tea was just too much fun to miss,” said a Palace spokesperson.

Another interesting fact is that surprise collaboration was kept completely under wraps and members of the royal family actually had no idea about it. This probably explains why Princess Charlotte and Prince George were so thrilled when the video began to play at the concert. 

Considering how well received the video was, it is clear that the well-loved bear may have upstaged Daniel Craig who appeared as James Bond alongside the Queen for a sketch during the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. 


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