The scene recalled the moment Elizabeth starred as the Bond girl in a short film celebrating the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
“Her Majesty is well known for her sense of humor, so it should come as no surprise that she decided to take part in today’s sketch,” the Palace said. A famous bear for tea was just too much fun to miss. “
The Queen’s appearance with an animated bear drew laughter and loud applause from the packed crowd at the concert outside Buckingham Palace, which was the culmination of the third of four days of celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee. The 96-year-old monarch did not attend the concert in person due to what the palace describes as “episodic mobility issues”.
Despite the Queen’s absence, spirits were high during an event that culminated with the appearance of the monarch’s son and grandson. Prince Charles and his son Prince William paid tribute to the Queen in separate speeches that honored the past and looked to the future.
Anne Middleton, 61, who traveled to the anniversary celebrations from Cardiff, Wales, said she loved the Paddington sketch and the Queen’s decision to skip the event did not spoil the celebrations.
“Not for me,” she said, decked out head to toe in the flags of Great Britain and Wales. “She showed up on day one, and we know she would have been there if she could have been.”
Charles opened his short speech by addressing the Queen as “Your Majesty, Mommy” and then paid tribute to her “lifelong selfless service”.
The Queen’s eldest son and heir recalled the ever-growing list of world leaders Elizabeth met and the endless stacks of government papers she reviewed during a reign that now stretches from the early days of the Cold War to the information age extends. But he also highlighted his mother’s role as a symbol of the stability that united the UK and Commonwealth as they negotiated this rapidly changing world.
“You met us and talked to us. You laugh and cry with us, and most importantly, you’ve been there for us throughout these 70 years,” Charles said as scenes from the Queen’s life were projected onto the palace walls. “You promised to serve your whole life – you keep delivering. That’s why we’re here. That’s what we’re celebrating tonight.”
William preceded his father with remarks that underscored the Queen’s longstanding commitment to the environment as he stressed the need to tackle climate change. The presentation began with a clip of the Queen’s 1989 Christmas message, in which she called on all nations to work together to protect the earth for “our children and grandchildren.”
That message is still relevant today, William said.
“I do hope that my grandmother’s words are as true 70 years from now as they are tonight, that we come together as nations in common cause, because then there is always room for hope.”
The Queen has not attended any of the anniversary celebrations since Thursday when she waved to supporters from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The monarch also decided not to attend the Epsom Derby earlier on Saturday and was represented at the prestigious annual horse race by her daughter Princess Anne.
Known as a horse lover, the Queen has only missed the Epsom Derby a handful of times. On Saturday, five of her former racehorses were paraded and 40 jockeys who had ridden for the Queen formed an honor guard before the national anthem was played.
“She has been breeding horses for over 60 years,” Frankie Dettori, one of the jockeys, told the BBC. “She knows all the bloodlines and she’s won a lot of races and she’s very knowledgeable.”
“I’m sure she will find a TV today and watch live because she loves the derby so much,” he added.
It was the second time in as many days that the Queen’s mobility issues have deprived the crowds of a chance to see her.
On Friday, the Queen skipped a special Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London in her honor. Palace officials said she experienced “some discomfort” at events the day before, including being waved out of Buckingham Palace by a large crowd.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since they retired from royal duties and moved to California two years ago.
Aside from attending Friday church services, the couple has so far stayed out of the spotlight. Her two children, Archie and Lilibet, who turned old on a Saturday, have yet to show up during this trip. A spokesman for the couple said they would be spending the day “in private” and not joining about 30 other royals at Saturday’s concert.
Meanwhile, members of the royal family traveled to Wales and Northern Ireland as part of celebrations across Britain
William and his wife Kate took two of their three children – 8-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte – to Cardiff Castle in Wales before hosting a separate concert in the castle grounds in honor of the Queen.
The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, attended a 1950s-style seaside funfair in Belfast. Edward tried his hand at a pint of Guinness at a diner while Sophie watched a dance performance from the 50’s and 60’s.
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