‘For later’ - Touching Paddington Bear tribute laid outside the Queen’s residence

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Floral tributes and a Paddington Bear teddy are laid at the gates of Balmoral Castle (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)
Floral tributes and a Paddington Bear teddy are laid at the gates of Balmoral Castle (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Wire)

A member of the public laid a marmalade sandwich outside a royal residence in a touching tribute to the Queen following her death.

In a picture on social media, the sandwich was laid among flowers for the Queen with the words “for later” written on the plastic bag.

The tribute was made in reference to the Queen’s iconic conversation Paddington Bear during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

During the video, the Queen and Paddington express their love for marmalad sandwiches before Her Majesty then reveals that she keeps one in her bag, “for later”.

Other mourners also laid the famous bear among flowers which adorned the gates of the royal residences across the UK.

Emotions ran high as thousands of people arrived at the gates of Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, Sandringham and Windsor Castle to pay their respect.

The immense gratitude towards Britain’s longest-serving monarch was immediately clear on hundreds of cards among flowers placed at the entrance of Balmoral, her private residence in Aberdeenshire.

Corgis made of wicker, teddy bears and even marmalade sandwiches - a reference to the video the Queen made with Paddington Bear for her Platinum Jubilee - were left at the gates of one residence.

It came as two days of tributes began yesterday in parliament, with MPs in mourning dress sharing touching and humorous experiences of meeting the Queen.

Prime Minister Liz Truss said the Queen was "one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known" and that the UK was a great country "because of her".

Recalling that the Queen’s first prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, said King George VI’s death had "stilled the clatter and traffic of 20thcentury life", Truss said that 70 years later, "life has paused again".

She added: "As we meet today, we remember the pledge she made on her 21st birthday to dedicate her life to service." To murmurs of "hear, hear", Truss said: "The whole house will agree - never has a promise been so completely fulfilled."

The Queen took her red box of papers every day and gave royal assent to countless pieces of legislation, Truss told MPs.

"She was willing to have fun," said Truss, referring to the Queen joining Paddington Bear for tea to mark her platinum jubilee and appearing alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond at the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012.

The prime minister said the country owed King Charles "our loyalty and devotion". Concluding her remarks, Truss said: "The crown endures. Our nation endures. And in that spirit, I say: God save the King."