William choked on Paddington bear’s tribute to the queen

William choked on Paddington bear’s tribute to the queen

(Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA cable)

(Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA cable)

The Prince of Wales said at the Windsor funeral that he “choked” on seeing the Paddington Bear tribute to the Queen as she celebrated her first engagement since her funeral.

William and his wife, the Princess of Wales, greeted the volunteers and operational staff and praised their work at the events surrounding the Queen’s clerk service in Windsor.

The couple, dressed in black as they continued to observe the royal mourning period, met around 30 people at the Windsor Guildhall on Thursday afternoon.

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Deputy Lord Lieutenant Graham Barker and the Windsor Council’s Chief Royal Funeral Planner Andrew Scott introduced them to staff and volunteers representing various sectors who supported the crowd on Monday.

They included St John Ambulance volunteers, city employees, administrators, Crown Estate staff, and logistics teams.

William told a logistics team member that “certain moments catch you” as they talked about the last few days.

The prince said: “If you turn it upside down it’s always very comforting that so many people care. It makes it so much better.

“There are some moments that capture you. You are prepared for everything but a few moments that captivate you. “

The couple meets volunteers and operations staff at the Windsor Guildhall (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA Wire)

The couple meets volunteers and operations staff at the Windsor Guildhall (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA Wire)

He added: “These are the things you don’t expect to come to you,” adding that he was “choked” by the Paddington tributes.

Speaking to council employees later, William also joked that there was a new “competition” between Paddington Bear and the corgis.

He said Paddington is “a new addition” but “the corgis have been there longer”.

William and Kate also spoke with members of the Crown Estate, who helped organize the floral tributes in Windsor, about the number of flowers left by the public.

The heir to the throne described the colors as “fantastic”, with Kate adding, “The spotlight was on Windsor and it looked amazing, so well done.”

Staff and volunteers were involved in the commissioning service for the Queen (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA Wire)

Staff and volunteers were involved in the commissioning service for the Queen (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA Wire)

The prince thanked the team for their work, saying that people “don’t see all the hard work it takes”, before adding, “We appreciate all the hours you’ve put into it.”

When the Crown Estate staff 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 local. The ambassadors told her that people in the crowd had come from all over the world.

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

William later said: “Those have been busy days, but you guys have worked long hours too, so thank you very much.”

William and Kate meet Royal Borough ambassadors (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA Wire)

William and Kate meet Royal Borough ambassadors (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror / PA) (PA Wire)

Speaking with the transport workers who helped organize the closure of the roads and parking lots, he said: “We were quite worried that with everyone who came here it would close the whole city, but it kept moving.”

Kate added: “We are grateful that we can still take the children to and from school.”

The engagement 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 – following the death of his grandmother and the rise of his father, Charles.

Other royals are also making efforts on Thursday to thank the people involved in the Queen’s funeral and to acknowledge the service of those deployed overseas.

The Earl of Wessex is visiting Estonia and Germany in his role as Royal Colonel of the 2nd Rifle Battalion and Honorary Royal Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

The Princess Royal is on her way to Portsmouth Naval Base to meet the Royal Navy personnel who took part in the funeral procession, and then to St Omer Barracks, Aldershot, to thank those who provided logistical support during the funeral.

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