Queen Elizabeth Dead: Mourners Told to Stop Leaving Paddington Bears and Marmalade Sandwiches as Tributes

The death of England's Queen Elizabeth has brought mourners from all over the U.K., and many are having to be told to stop leaving around stuffed Paddington bears and marmalade sandwiches as tributes. According to Sky News, the sketch that the late monarch filmed with the popular film and TV character has had a big impact on how citizens of the United Kingdom express their grief. In response, The Royal Parks — which manages Green Park, the designated London tribute site — has issued a statement, requesting, "In the interests of sustainability, we ask visitors to only lay organic or compostable material."

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning royal monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms, died on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 96 years old. Her death comes just under 18 months after the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, her husband of more than 73 years. The Queen died at Balmoral, her beloved palace in the Scottish Highlands, which was purchased by her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Charles, her eldest son, succeeds her as leader of the British monarchy.

Born on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth assumed the throne in 1953 after the death of her father, King George VI. She is survived by her four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The Queen is also survived by many grandchildren, including Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who is married to former American actress Meghan Markle. In addition, Queen Elizabeth also had eight great-grandchildren.

King Charles III made his first public speech, following the death of his mother, and the new British monarch expressed "profound sorrow" over her passing. "We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family could owe to her mother for her love affection, guidance, understanding and example," the incoming King of England said in a pre-recorded message, per the New York Times


"Our values have remained and must remain constant," Charles also said, expressing his hope for the future of the United Kingdom. He also assured the U.K. citizens that the "promise of lifelong service" his mother made is one that "I renew to you all today." The King also shared that he and his family are "feeling profound sorrow" over the loss of their matriarch. Speaking to his late mother in the closing of his speech, Charles said, "Thank you for your love and devotion... may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."