British officials have an unusual request for citizens mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II: stop placing stuffed Paddington Bears and marmalade sandwiches at Green Park next to Buckingham Palace.
Earlier this year, the 96-year-old monarch starred in a promotional video with the CGI character during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The pair sipped tea as Elizabeth jokingly revealed she carries a marmalade sandwich in her purse wherever she goes.
Paddington Bear’s Twitter account remembered the queen after the news of her death on Thursday, writing, “Thank you Ma’am, for everything.”
Now, in the days following her death, officials called the Palace Park have asked that people leave their stuffed animals and sandwiches at home.
If people want to place flowers in the garden, that is okay, but officials ask that the plastic wrapping is removed so that it will be easier for the flowers to eventually be turned into compost.
Twitter users reacted to the news of the official’s request — both poking fun at it and pointing out its irony.
“Rats eating the marmalade sandwiches outside Buckingham Palace,” one user wrote, along with a video of Keke Palmer saying, “Mmm, this one has a little sweetness to it.”
“Does anyone else feel a bit “off” about people leaving marmalade sandwiches in parks and tribute when people are starving and can’t afford to eat right now?” another user questioned.
Meghan Markle, the estranged Duchess of Sussex, has also needed to make adjustments since the queen’s death. Her new podcast “Archetypes” is being put on hold amid international mourning for the queen.
The queen’s funeral is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey.