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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Paddington creator Michael Bond’s daughter talks about family pride in sketch

The family of Paddington Bear producer Michael Bond are proud to see the Queen and the Bear on screen together at the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace.

During Saturday’s event the Queen delighted millions of viewers by appearing in a stunning comic sketch with Paddington Bears as part of a weekend celebration honoring her 70-year reign.

The Emperor and the Bear met for a chaotic cream tea at Buckingham Palace in a special, secretly pre-recorded sequence played at the beginning of the TV programme.


Paddington writer Michael Bond with his daughter Karen Junkel (Terry Harris / PA)

The duffle-coat-wearing bear tells the Queen how she made sure she always gets her favorite treat, just in case, by lifting her red hat to reveal her breakfast.

The Queen in turn pleased him by saying that he shared her love of marmalade sandwiches, as he opened his handbag to reveal one.

Bond’s daughter, writer Karen Junkel, told the PA news agency that “the whole family is still buzzing”, adding: “I think everyone is, but it was very special. It was really, really such an honor.” was. “

Children’s author Bond created a little bear from Paddington, Peru with a battered suitcase, distinctive blue duffel coat, and love of marmalade, and which first appeared in print in 1958.


Karen Junkel at the premiere of Paddington 2 (Matt Krasick/PA)

Paddington Bear has also starred in two Hollywood films, with actor Ben Whishaw lent his voice to the character.

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Actors Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman are among the actors who have appeared in the movies.

“I knew it was going to happen and I had to keep it a secret,” Yankel said.

Asked when he was first contacted, he said: “I can’t believe it’s honest with you.

“I had to pinch myself, it was such exciting news.

“And so of course when you get exciting news, you’re dying to share it with the world, which you can’t, but it was worth the wait, it really was, because I think It hasn’t happened to people. Too much special.

“And you know, apparently Paddington himself was clearly aware of it, because he was the one who went to have tea with the Queen, but the rest of the family didn’t know”.

She told PA: “I grew up with Paddington. He’s been in my house for my whole life, but that doesn’t stop it from being so special because it’s a great job by a member of your own family to do something really amazing.” as it is.

“I am very proud of what my father has made. So when something like this happens, it’s such an appreciation, it’s really such a tribute to his creation and what he did, it’s really special. ,

The author said that his father would have liked the sketch, especially the marmalade sandwich portion.

She said: “I think he absolutely loved it. But with everything to do with Paddington, my father must have felt the respect Paddington had for him.

“He was proud of Paddington, because Paddington was so real to him.

“So I think he would have been very, very pleased on Paddington’s behalf, and I think the part he was particularly pleased about was the marmalade sandwich, because you know, Paddington would have been very, very pleased with his marmalade sandwich. It’s very important to keep the story under the hat.

“And thought the Queen keeps one in her handbag, I think she must have actually chuckled to bits about it.”

Michael Bond died in 2017 at the age of 91.

His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958, and traveling bears with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches have become a national treasure.

Paddington’s books have sold over 30 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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