The Prince of Wales admits he was ‘choked up’ by Paddington Bear’s salute to the Queen | UK news

The Prince of Wales admitted he was “choked up” upon seeing a Paddington Bear salute left for the Queen.

Prince William was meeting with volunteers and staff who helped during the events surrounding queenCompliance Service at Windsor, and admit: “The things you don’t expect are the ones that get to you.”

With his wife, the Princess of Wales, he met about 30 people in Guildhall, Berkshire on Thursday afternoon and thanked them for their efforts in supporting the crowds afterward. A state funeral on Monday.

Lieutenant-Lord Lieutenant Graham Parker and Principal Royal Funeral Planner in Windsor House, Andrew Scott, introduced them to St John Ambulance volunteers, council workers, hosts, Crown Estate staff and logistic teams.

William told one of them that “certain moments catch you up” when they talked about the past few days.

‘If you turn it on its head,’ said the king, ‘it is always comforting that so many people are interested.’

“It makes it so much better,” he said, before adding that he was “choked up” by the Paddington bears and the photos and tributes he saw.

William later spoke to council workers, also joking about a new “rival” between Paddington Bear and corgis.

Paddington Bear in Balmoral
This found its way to Balmoral

Paddington is a “new addition,” he said, but “corgs have been there for a longer time.”

In a much-loved TV graphic during the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in June, Elizabeth II had tea at Buckingham Palace with the popular children’s character.

A Paddington Bear is placed among floral decorations at Sandringham Estate, after the death of Queen Elizabeth of England in East England, Britain, September 13, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Chipura
Many of them were on Sandringham Estate
An image showing handwritten and drawn greeting messages in relation to Britain's Queen Elizabeth after her death in London's Green Park on September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Kay Fafenbach
In Green Park, London

William and Kate, dressed in black as they continue to celebrate the royal period of mourning, spoke to members of the Crown Estate, who helped pay homage to the flowers left by the public outside Windsor Castle.

The heir to the throne described the colors as “amazing”, and Kate added: “The lights were on Windsor, it looked amazing, and it did well.”

The prince thanked the team for their dedication, saying that people “don’t see all the hard work involved”, before adding: “We appreciate all the hours spent.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales meet volunteers and operational staff in Windsor Guildhall, Berkshire, who were involved in facilitating Queen Elizabeth II's commissioning service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Monday and supporting the crowds that gathered to commemorate her death.  Photo date: Thursday, September 22, 2022.

When the Crown Estate crew thanked the couple for coming to say thank you, Kate said, “It’s the least we could do. We should have volunteered.”

They also spoke to a group of Royal Borough ambassadors, and the princess asked if many of the people in the crowd were locals. The ambassadors told her that the crowd had come from all over the world.

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Thousands of people gathered in Windsor as Queen Elizabeth approached her final resting place.

“It’s amazing how many people wanted to come and pay their respects,” said the princess.

Prince William later said: “It’s been busy days, but you guys have had many hours too, so thank you very much.”

Speaking to transport workers who helped organize road and parking closures, he said, “We were very concerned that with everyone coming here, the whole city would shut down, but it kept moving.”

“We were grateful we were still able to get the kids to and from school,” Kate added.

The betrothal was one of William’s first since he became the heir apparent and became known as the Prince of Wales – with Kate as Princess of Wales – after his grandmother’s death and the accession of his father, Charles.

The Princess Royal, as Colonel-General of both the Royal Logistics Corps and the Royal Signals Corps, meets with individuals from across the Corps at St Omer Barracs, Aldershot, who played a central role in providing logistical support during Queen Elizabeth's tenure.  Second funeral and other ceremonial duties.  Photo date: Thursday, September 22, 2022.
Princess Royal, as Colonel-General of both Royal Logistic Corps, thanks for their efforts

Members of the royal family also took steps on Thursday to thank the people involved in the Queen’s funeral and to appreciate the service of those deployed abroad.

The Earl of Wessex was visiting Estonia and Germany in his role as Royal Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Rifles and Royal Honorary Colonel of Royal Wessex Yumanri.

The Princess Royal traveled to Naval Base Portsmouth to meet with members of the Royal Navy who participated in the funeral procession, and then to St Omer Barracs, Aldershot, to thank those who provided logistical support during the funeral.