Queen Camilla’s subtle olive branch to Harry and Meghan spotted by royal fans

Eagle-eyed royal fans spotted a sweet nod to Harry and Meghan after the Royal Family's Twitter account published a new photograph of Queen Consort Camilla surrounded by dozens of Paddington bears.

The bears – made up of Paddingtons and other teddies – had been left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle in the wake of the Queen’s death last month.

The toys have been collected, professionally cleaned and will be delivered to Barnardo’s children’s services in the coming weeks, Buckingham Palace said.

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And in a photograph to mark the occasion, Camilla is seen smiling broadly while sitting on a low sofa in the Morning Room at Clarence House with an olive branch to the Sussexes visible in the background.

The picture shows the Queen Consort and the King, with the Prince and Princess of Wales, their three children and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Louis' christening in 2018.

Another photograph showed the late Queen on her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 with her late husband Philip.

Another snap showed the Queen Mother, who used to live in Clarence House.

The picture was taken on Thursday, which was the 64th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington bear book.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee sketch in the summer saw the Peruvian bear visit Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea, during which the Queen produced a marmalade sandwich from her handbag.

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It prompted mourners to leave teddy bears and even some of the tasty treats among the floral tributes which amassed outside royal residences following her death in September.

A tweet from the Royal Family’s official account, accompanied by the newly-released picture, stated: “Please look after this bear.”

It added: “The bears have been scrubbed up to look their best ahead of arrival at their new home.”

Barnardo’s chief executive Lynn Perry said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was Barnardo’s patron for over 30 years, and we are honoured to be able to gives homes to the teddies that people left in her memory.

“We promise to look after these bears who will be well-loved and bring joy to the children we support.

“We are incredibly grateful to Her Majesty The Queen Consort for her support in helping us to raise awareness of the needs of vulnerable children and young people in the UK so that we can continue to support them through our vital services.”

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