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Thousands of Paddington Bear toys left in tribute to the latehave now found new homes.
, accompanied by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, attended a special teddy bear's picnic where they personally donated the toys to children supported by the charity Barnardo's.
The stuffed bears, and other toys, were left at royal residences across the UK following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September.
Paddington Bear had become a symbol representing the monarch after she appeared alongside the beloved character inin June.
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Since September, the bears were collected and professionally cleaned and given a new label.
Just like the original, the label reads: 'Please look after this bear'.
But now they have been signed Camilla R along with her royal cypher.
The Queen Consort arrived at Bow Nursery in east London with Bonneville, who also stars in the Paddington Bear movie.
He read Paddington Takes a Bath, a story chosen by the Queen Consort in honour of the toys' professional clean.
But when he offered the children marmalade sandwiches – which Queen Elizabeth famously pulled out of her handbag while having tea with the bear at Buckingham Palace – they didn't want any.
Camilla delivers Paddington toys to Barnardo's
During the visit, Camilla gave children Paddington bear toys which the public left at in Windsor and outside Buckingham Palace following the Queen's death.Camilla chatted with dozens of youngsters cared for by Barnardo's charity at Bow day nursery in east London, during a picnic complete with marmalade sandwiches.
Three-year-old Oscar Isherwood tried one but quickly handed it back, telling Bonneville "I don't like it".
Camilla told the children it was "a pleasure to find a home for these bears", telling them to "look after them carefully".
She told them to place the tiny boots on their bears "otherwise he won't be able to go outside".
Karen Jankel, the daughter of Paddington author Michael Bond, who died aged 91 in 2017, joined Camilla and Bonneville for the gifting.
"My father would have been completely overwhelmed by all this," she said.
"I don't think he ever anticipated Paddington reaching such dizzy heights."
In 2016, Queen Elizabeth passed the patronage of Barnardo's to the then Duchess of Cornwall.
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