Paddington Bear paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth Thursday months after the duo participated in a heartwarming skit for the late monarch’s Platinum Jubilee in June.
Paddington and the Queen warmed the hearts of all in a hilarious afternoon tea sketch where they bonded over their love of marmalade sandwiches.
“Thank you Ma’am, for everything,” tweeted the bear.
The sketch, which kick-started the festival on June 4, shows Paddington and the Queen sitting down to a nice cup of tea before the bear guzzles down nearly all the water before serving the monarch only a few drops.
Paddington then offers the Queen a marmalade sandwich he had stored in his hat “just in case.”
“So do I,” replies the Queen taking out a sandwich from her iconic handbag.
“I keep mine in here.”
The light-hearted sketch takes a more serious tone as the bear thanks her for her 70-year service to Britain.
“Happy Jubilee Ma’am. And thank you. For everything,” says Paddington.
An attendant then informs Her Majesty that the Jubilee is about to begin, leading both bear and monarch to tap out the beat to “We Will Rock You” before transitioning outside to a liver performance.
According to insiders, the Queen spent half a day filming the sketch at Windsor and allegedly kept the entire thing a secret from her family.
Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who co-wrote the skit, recalled how much the sovereign liked to be in front of the camera.
“She had a lot more lines in the Paddington sketch, partly because it was a lot cheaper to film her than to film Paddington,” Cottrell-Boyce noted. “But she did that brilliantly and with evident enjoyment. And it wasn’t easy. Paddington’s not really there, so it’s technically an amazing performance and a brilliantly timed comic performance.”
The Queen keeping a sandwich in her purse is a bit of a hat-tip to her favorite food, too. Recently, Queen Elizabeth II’s former private chef, Darren McGrady, spilled the tea on the monarch’s favorite meal for high teatime — and, apparently, it’s the same thing she’s been eating since childhood: jam sandwiches.
“The queen was served jam pennies in the nursery as a little girl. She’s had them for afternoon tea ever since,” McGrady claimed on his YouTube channel.