The Queen meets with famous fictional bear Paddington in hilarious sketch ahead of Platinum Jubilee concert to celebrate her 70 years of service
The Queen has delighted millions of viewers by appearing in a surprise comic sketch with Paddington Bear to kick-start the Jubilee concert on Saturday.
Elizabeth II and the digitally animated character met for a chaotic cream tea at ‘Buckingham Palace‘.
The monarch and the famous bear – both much loved British institutions – tapped out the beat of the We Will Rock You anthem together on china teacups using silver spoons as a unique way of getting the celebrations under way.
Beaming: The Queen has delighted millions of viewers by appearing in a surprise comic sketch with Paddington Bear to kick-start the Jubilee concert on Saturday
The secretly-pre-recorded humorous sequence played at the start of the televised BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, the unlikely duo set the rhythm for opening act Queen + Adam Lambert – who joined in on the main stage.
The duo were pictured sat opposite each other at a table, laid for afternoon tea, covered with a white linen cloth in an opulent room.
Paddington began by telling the Queen that he hoped she was ‘having a lovely Jubilee’ before Her Majesty offered some tea.
The bear was quick to forget his manors as he sat in the lavish dining room drinking from the spout of the teapot.
Sweet: Elizabeth II and the digitally animated character met for a chaotic cream tea at ‘Buckingham Palace’
Accident-prone Paddington was shown causing mayhem by accidentally depriving the understanding sovereign of another cup of tea and spraying cream from a chocolate eclair over a Palace Footman.
In the footage, the Queen revealed she shares Paddington’s love of marmalade sandwiches and keeps an emergency stash in her trademark handbag.
The duffle-coat wearing bear showed the Queen how he ensured he always had his favourite treat on him just in case, lifting up his red hat to reveal his snack.
The Queen responded by admitting: ‘So do I’ before opening her bag and declaring ‘I keep mine in here’ to show her very own ready-made supply of the bread and orange preserve staple.
Party of two: The Queen performed a skit for the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, where she and Paddington Bear chatted before she tapped along to ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen to kick start the party and star-studded concert this evening
The sketch wasn’t all light-hearted jokes as Britain’s favourite bear congratulated his new friend on her outstanding 70 years of service.
Commenting on her record-breaking reign Paddington said: ‘Happy Jubilee Ma’am. And thank you. For everything’ to which she replied, ‘That’s very kind.’
It brought back memories of the Queen’s James Bond skit for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, when the monarch met 007, played by Daniel Craig, and then appeared to parachute into the stadium, with the help of a body double.
New friends: The bear congratulated the Queen on her reign of 70 years, saying: ‘Happy Jubilee Ma’am. And thank you. For everything.’