The Queen will be doling our some new teddy bears to her beloved great-grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, courtesy of a very special organization. The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, which just a few miles from her Sandringham estate, presented the monarch with the plush toys while she was on a visit.
The hospice has recently opened a new $6.8 million facility which provides care and support for people with life-limiting conditions, and the Queen met with patients and bereaved relatives who have benefitted from its work.
They included nine-year-old Jack Plummer from King's Lynn, whose mother Amee Walton died from a brain tumour in 2013 at the age of 29. He presented the teddy bears to the Queen on behalf of bereavement charity Nelson's Journey, with handwritten notes to George and Charlotte.
He wrote: "Please look after this bear like Nelson's Journey did to me."
The youngster explained that his mother was looked after by the charity's Hospice at Home service, adding, "The Queen seemed really interested in the support I've had and said the prince and princess would appreciate the presents."
The Queen is often presented with gifts for her great-grandchildren, along with an array of weird and wonderful gifts for herself. An official record of the gifts received by the monarch in 2015 shows she was presented with everything from the first rugby ball from the Rugby World Cup to a bag of salt.
Her official engagement on Thursday coincided with the announcement that Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia had postponed their official state visit to the U.K. The royal couple were due to visit the Queen in March, but have delayed their trip due to the ongoing process of forming a government following the hung parliament result in December's general election.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said of the news, "The Queen has been informed of the Spanish government's decision to cancel the forthcoming state visit. The Queen, of course, fully understands the decision and the context in which it was taken."