Paddington has become an important part of the Queen’s legacy, even if “the corgis got there first,” Prince William said.
The king mentioned the fictional bear while speaking to stewards who were working to stem the 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 up the Long Walk.
The sight of the Queen’s corgis waiting patiently as the procession passed brought tears to the eyes of onlookers.
But while the dogs will be fondly remembered as part of their legacy, another creature has admittedly stolen some of their limelight.
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 undertakers that he “choked” at the sight of the bear-themed tributes to the Queen.
The Queen’s performance opposite the animated character was a highlight of this year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Paddington toys and cards have adorned tributes across the country since her death.
But Prince William was careful not to forget the legacy of his grandmother’s dogs Muick, Candy and Sandy as he spoke to stewards today.
“The corgis have been around for a while,” he reminded her.
William also asked the staff about the challenges and how they found 1,000 people to contain crowds on such short notice.
The couple thanked the group for their work, adding that they hope they can “catch up on some sleep” now.
The Prince and Princess of Wales also spoke to the logistics team, who carried out tasks such as setting up barriers and making announcements to the crowds over a loudspeaker system.
Kate spoke of seeing all the infrastructure as barriers along the roads that “come back and forth from the school run.”
Today’s visit to Windsor Guildhall marks her first royal engagement since the Queen’s funeral.
The prince and princess arrived dressed all in black as they continue to observe the royal period of mourning, which lasts until Monday
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