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Paddington, Scout and the Royal Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea

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posted by alias raaen99 on Monday 6th of June 2022 09:18:18 AM

SCOUT: “Daddy! Daddy! She’s here! Ma’am as in Ham is here, and she’s got a grumbly tummy after her trip here all the way from London!” DADDY: “Welcome Your Majesty. I’m so honoured that you are stopping to visit us.” *Bows.* HM QUEEN LILIBET: “Oh I have heard so many wonderful things about you, Daddy. I may call you Daddy, mayn’t I?” DADDY: “Oh please do Ma’am. If you would like to take the seat of honour.” SCOUT: “I’m going to sit next to you Ma’am as in Ham! Is that alright?” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “Yes little Scout, you may sit here on my left, and Jago, you must sit to my right. We wish to know how you are settling into life here in Australia.” JAGO: “Oh thank you Ma’am. It does take some getting used to, what with the seasons being the wrong way around, however Paddy, Scout, Bogart, Cousin Paddington and Daddy made me feel so happy and welcome from the moment I arrived that I felt right at home.” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “We are so pleased to hear that, Jago.” JAGO: “Will you please tell Mummy June that when you go home. I know that she and my bear family in England all worry about me, even though I contact them regularly. I think Mummy June might appreciate hearing it from someone like you, Ma’am.” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “We’d be only too delighted to ease Mummy June’s concerns, dear Jago.” JAGO: “Oh thank you Ma’am.” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “My, what a splendid tea service this is! Look! There are faerie tales painted on all of them!” PADDY: “Thank you, Ma’am. This is Daddy’s very special tea set that is only used on special occasions. And the silver tea service is mine, given to me by Father Christmas and the Christmas Bear, so it is very special indeed.” SCOUT: “Paddy! Every afternoon tea, or morning tea, or birthday, or luncheon is a special occasion.” PADDY: “I know, Scout, but you must agree that this is a very special occasion. It is not every day that we have Her Majesty to afternoon tea.” SCOUT: “Do you like faerie tales, Ma’am as in Ham?” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “Oh yes I do Scout! I love Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. I love them all. When I am not busy being The Queen, I like to sit down with a good book of faerie tales and read.” SCOUT: “Maybe if you have time, we might sit and you can read me Little Red Riding Hood.” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “I might not have enough time this trip, as I have quite a few of your friends to visit on my Platinum Jubilee Tour too, but maybe when I come next time, we could read Little red Riding Hood together.” SCOUT: “Oh I’d like that Ma’am as in Ham!” *Nods enthusiastically.* “Very, very much!” PADDY: “So you would like to come again, Ma’am.” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “Oh yes, Paddy! I would, very much.” PADDY: “Then I hope you will. We always have room for our friends at our table.” SCOUT: “Daddy! What is for Royal Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea? We have grumbly tummies!” DADDY: “Well Ma’am, I baked a Victoria Sponge, and there are some jam fancies and some chocolate Hobknobs.” HM QUEEN LILIBET: “Hobknobs Daddy! I love Hobknobs! Such delicious chocolatey goodness! Grumbly tummy Daddy! Grumbly tummy!” PADDY, SCOUT, COUSIN PADDINGTON, BOGART, JAGO and FREDDY: “Grumbly tummies Daddy! Grumbly tummies!” DADDY: “Then best you all eat your fill, whilst I pour you all some reviving and refreshing tea. A Jubilee of any kind happens rarely enough, never mind a Platinum Jubilee. Happy Platinum Jubilee, Your Majesty!” 2022 marks the year that Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of devoted and loyal service to her people. Celebrations will be happening in Britain and around the world during the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend which takes place from 2nd to 5th June, and that includes here! How very exciting! God bless our Queen! Long may she reign over us! Paddy’ beautiful silver nursery tea set comprising of a tea pot, milk jug and sugar bowl are very Art Deco. They were obviously made for the child of a very wealthy family, as the set is made of very heavy sterling silver. The hallmarks on each piece (including on the inner lip of the teapot lid) indicates that it was made in Sheffield by the well known English silversmith James Dixon of James Dixon and Sons in 1921. The pot also features an ebonised finial and handle which are affixed with tiny sterling silver screws and wingnuts, just like a real teapot! This beautiful faerie tale pantomime nursery tea set was made in England by the Shell China Company in the 1930s. It features eight cups, saucers and plates as well as a teapot, coffee pot, milk jug, sugar bowl, platters, sandwich plate, a lidded soup tureen on its own dish and a gravy or cream jug. Each piece is gilt edged and decorated and feature different faerie tales including: "Cinderella", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Dick Whittington and his Cat", "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" amongst others. This is probably the first time I have had almost the entire set out on display. The set I acquired from England, and it is a sister set to a 1920s Shell China Company nursery rhyme tea set that I was given as a gift some years ago by a close friend who knows I collect nursery ware and children’s tea sets. Each guest at the tea party also has a tiny doll (bear) sized nursery napkin which is hand embroidered with a donkey motif. There are also doll (bear) sized tea spoons which are sterling silver salt spoons, and the sugar ladle in the "Cinderella" sugar bowl and the sugar nips in the "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" sugar bowl are from the Eighteenth Century and are sterling silver. The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Bear was made by Merrythought in Britain. She has been hand made from customised, platinum-tipped diamond white mohair plush, and she has The Queen's blue eyes and a hand stitched nose and enigmatic smile. Her left paw is embroidered with the years 1952 and 2022, in between which sits the royal crown. She is wearing a coronation robe of purple velvet, featuring satin lining, ermine trim, and extensive golden embroidery. Keeping true to the original Imperial robe, it is accessorised with two satin bows and luxury Italian tassels to finish. Her crown is a silver-plated replica of the Imperial state crown, which Her Majesty wore as she left Westminster Abbey after her coronation. It is studded with twenty six gemstones, has a purple velvet lining and white ermine trim. Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Bear is number 557 of a worldwide limited edition of 1952. My Paddington Bear came to live with me in London when I was two years old (many, many years ago). He was hand made by my Great Aunt and he has a chocolate coloured felt hat, the brim of which had to be pinned up by a safety pin to stop it getting in his eyes. The collar of his mackintosh is made of the same felt. He wears wellington boots made from the same red leather used to make the toggles on his mackintosh. He has travelled with me across the world and he and I have had many adventures together over the years. He is a very precious member of my small family. Scout was a gift to Paddy from my friend. He is a Fair Trade Bear hand knitted in Africa. His name comes from the shop my friend found him in: Scout House. He tells me that life was very different where he came from, and Paddy is helping introduce him to many new experiences. Scout catches on quickly, and has proven to be a cheeky, but very lovable member of our closely knit family. Travelling all the way from London, Cousin Paddington was caught in transit thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, so it looks like he is stopping with us for a long while. That makes me happy, as the more I look into his happy, smiling face, the more attached I am becoming to him. Bogart has travelled all the way from Georgia, via Alabama as a gift to me from a friend. He has lovely Southern manners and seems to be a fun and gentle soul with an inquisitive nature. Jago was a gift from a dear friend in England. He is made of English mohair with suede paw pads and glass eyes. He is a gentle bear, kind and patient who carries an air of calm about him. He is already fitting in with everyone else very nicely. Freddy Fox is made by Merrythought in England. I bought him, of all places, from a men’s accessory shop in Melbourne’s Block Arcade, called Mr. Wares. Freddy Fox is made of English Mohair with felt paws and glass bead eyes. He has so much charm and charisma that already he is winning hearts with anyone whom he meets, and he is kind and sweet, which makes him an ideal member of our family.

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