‘Downton Abbey’ star accuses Paddington Bear of stealing Queen

Paddington Bear made a surprise appearance alongside Queen Elizabeth II in a special sketch to mark her platinum anniversary over the weekend.

After the couple had tea and jam sandwiches in a two-minute videoThe British teddy is now called by “Downton Abbey” star Hugh Bonneville.

Bonneville, 58 – who played Henry Brown in the Paddington films – jokingly accused the bear of stealing paraphernalia from the 96-year-old monarch.

The “Notting Hill” star tweeted Sunday: “Hmm @paddingtonbear there’s an unidentified teaspoon in the kitchen drawer at 32 Windsor Gardens…any ideas?”

The iconic children’s book character denied any wrongdoing, tweet back: “Sorry, I don’t. Mrs. Bird suggested you might want to ask Simon Farnaby.”

Farnaby, 49, has appeared as a security guard in the Paddington films and also starred in the Jubilee skit as Buckingham Palace’s valet.

"Downton Abbey" Star Hugh Bonneville accused Paddington Bear of stealing a spoon during his tea date with Queen Elizabeth.
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville (right) accused Paddington Bear of stealing a spoon during his tea date with Queen Elizabeth.
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Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her 70th anniversary as head of state, making it the longest reign on the British throne in 1,000 years.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 70th anniversary as Head of State on June 2nd.
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Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael in one scene "Downton Abbey: A New Era."
Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael in a scene from Downton Abbey: A New Era.
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The skit showed Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) having afternoon tea with the Queen and presenting her with a jam sandwich from his red hat.

“I always have one for emergencies,” the bear explained in the clip. The sovereign replied, “Me too,” while pulling a jam snack from her purse. “I keep mine in here. . . for later,” she joked.

The servant then walked over to the palace windows to see the loving crowd waving flags and exclaiming their admiration for the queen.

Paddington politely tipped his hat and congratulated the Empress on her 70 years on the throne, adding warmly, “Thank you for everything.”

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