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Queen Elizabeth Makes Surprise Appearance with Paddington Bear at her Platinum Jubilee Concert

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Queen Elizabeth made an unexpected cameo in a comedy sketch with Paddington Bear during a Platinum Jubilee concert full of famous personalities at Buckingham Palace. 

Paddington appeared with the monarch in the recorded sketch before the pop band Queen started the musical presentations. Other high-profile stars were Diana Ross, Sir Rod Stewart, and Duran Duran. 

But the Queen failed to watch the Platinum Party at the Palace personally, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were not in the royal box. 

The monarch has been suffering mobility issues over the past few months. As a result, she bowed out of the thanksgiving service on Friday and was not in attendance at the Derby at Epsom on Saturday. 

However, similar to her cameo in a sketch with James Bond for the London Olympics ten years ago, she had pre-recorded a comedy segment spanning two and a half minutes, in which she gave Paddington tea and made him take a look at a marmalade sandwich she keeps in her handbag. 

“While the Queen may not be attending the concert in person, she was very keen that people understood how much it meant to her and that all those watching had a great time,” said a statement from the Buckingham Palace. 

In the short clip, the Queen and Paddington pat their teacups to the beat of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” as the band, alongside their US singer Adam Lambert, started performing the iconic song with 34 Royal Marine drummers. 

Brian May, the band’s guitarist, played on the Victoria Memorial monument 20 years following his performance on the palace roof for the Golden Jubilee concert. 

The Queen’s favorite songs were released before the rock era. A playlist of her top 10, launched for her 90th birthday in 2016, counts Dame Vera Lynn’s “White Cliff of Dover” and Fred Astaire’s “Cheek to Cheek” with hymns and songs from musical theater. 

So, most probably, she would have loved Andrea Bocelli’s “Nessun Dorma” and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s medley of theater songs more than “Came Her With Love” by Sigala. 

However, at the end of the two-and-a-half-minute appearance, Prince Charles spelled out that wasn’t essentially the point.


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