A special gift has been added to Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s toy box, that was given to Queen Elizabeth II during a recent hospice visit.
The Queen was presented two adorable teddy bears for her royal grandchildren during her visit to The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, according to Telegraph. The hospice recently opened its new $3.4 million facility located in the village of Hillington, just over three miles from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. During her visit, she met with the patients and bereaved family members at the hospice.
The two teddy bear gifts created for Prince George and Princess Charlotte were given to her by nine-year old Jack Plummer, who presented the gifts on behalf of Nelson’s Journey, a bereavement charity. Plummer also wrote personalized tags on each of the bears with the message, "Please look after this bear like Nelson's Journey did to me." Plummer shared that the charity looked after his mother Amee Walton through its Hospice at Home Service before her death in 2013 due to brain tumor.
The Queen accepted the special tokens and stated that the gesture was “very kind.” Plummer also told Telegraph that The Queen stated her grandchildren will enjoy the teddy bears. "The Queen seemed really interested in the support I've had and said the prince and princess would appreciate the presents,” he said.
Meanwhile, with The Queen’s upcoming 90th birthday in April, special mementos are already being prepared and given to the royal family ahead of her natal day. Prince Charles recently was given a rare portrait of his mother Queen Elizabeth II when she was just a 13 year old princess, People magazine reported. The photograph was given to him during a recent visit to a charity. Prince Charles told Send A Cow Chief Executive Simon Barnes that it would be interesting to see if The Queen will remember that particular photo. "I'll see if Mama remembers it, and remembers what she was wearing when it was taken,” he stated.
The rare photo was taken in 1939 by Canadian photographer Lawrence Audrain to mark the royal family’s U.S. royal tour, according to People. The snapshot has been hidden away at Audrain’s family’s attic since it was deemed too informal by the late Queen Mother and she had chosen other photos instead. The picture remained in Audrain’s family since then.