Paddington has become an important part of the Queen’s legacy, even if ‘the corgis were there first’, Prince William has said.
The royal mentioned the fictional bear as he spoke with stewards who worked to contain crowds during the late monarch’s funeral procession on Monday.
Thousands had gathered near Windsor Castle as the Queen’s coffin passed through the gates and down the Long Walk.
The sight of the Queen’s corgis patiently waiting as the procession passed brought a tear to the eye of those watching.
But while the dogs will be fondly remembered as part of her legacy, another creature has admittedly stolen some of their spotlight.
Prince William joked that Paddington Bear has become ‘a new addition’ to what people bring to commemorate the Queen as he spoke to stewards at Windsor Castle today.
He told funeral workers that he got ‘choked up’ seeing the bear-themed tributes to the Queen.
The Queen’s acting performance opposite the animated character was a highlight of this year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Paddington toys and cards have adorned tributes left across the country since her death.
But Prince William made sure not to forget the legacy of his grandmother’s dogs Muick, Candy and Sandy as he spoke with stewards today.
‘The corgis have been there for longer,’ he reminded them.
William also asked staff about the challenges and how they found 1,000 people to work to contain crowds at such short notice.
The pair thanked the group for their work, adding he hopes they can now ‘catch up on some sleep’.
The Prince and Princess of Wales also spoke to the logistics team who carried out tasks like putting out barriers and making announcements over a speaker system to the crowds.
Kate spoke about seeing all the infrastructure like barriers going up along the roads ‘coming back and forwards from the school run’.
Today’s visit to the Windsor Guildhall narks their first royal engagement since the Queen’s funeral.
The prince and princess arrived dressed all in black as they continue to observe the royal mourning period which lasts until Monday
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