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Rock band Queen and Paddington Bear kick off Jubilee concert

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear enjoy cream tea at Buckingham Palace. PA

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert, titled Platinum Party at the Palace, got off to a heartwarming start.

As musicians including Alicia Keys and Georga Ezra prepared to perform at the BBC event, a pre-recorded segment was shown to viewers in which the Queen herself acted opposite Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whiskash.


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In the same vein as the segment she filmed alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, this new clip saw the Queen show off her acting skills opposite the character from CGI.

The clip, which also featured actor Simon Farnaby as Barry the security guard, saw Paddington having a lunch of marmalade sandwiches with Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace.

It ended with him wishing the Queen a “happy jubilee” and thanking her “for everything”.

“Ok Her Maj and Paddington was amazingly wonderful and I won’t hear otherwise,” wrote one viewer, with another calling it “the cutest thing ever.”

“London 2012 may have had a James Bond skit with the Queen, but THIS PADDINGTON ONE BEAT IT BY A MILE,” one viewer concluded.

Elsewhere during the ceremony, comedian Lee Mack made a joke about the Partygate scandal – in front of Boris Johnson himself – while Stephen Fry made a comment about prime ministers that had the crowd gasping.

Later in the ceremony, viewers noticed that George Ezra censored the lyrics to his own song about death during a performance of one of his hit songs.

The Independent