An unlikely but charming duo (Picture: BBC)

Tonight, a star-studded concert is being held in Queen Elizabeth II’s honour outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, boasting performers from Queen to Eurovision’s Sam Ryder.

However, the Queen was the undisputed star of the show when the concert began, starring in a pre-recorded skit with none other than Paddington Bear.

The monarch does have experience with showing off her acting skills, having appeared in a James Bond sequence for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

A decade later, and she’s still just as comfortable in front of the camera, sitting down for some afternoon tea with the beloved animated bear – and people watching the programme at home absolutely loved the cute interaction.

At one point, Paddington accidentally splattered some food on a butler’s face, before revealing he had a marmalade sandwich stashed away for safekeeping.

The Queen then did one better, unclasping her handbag on the table to reveal she had a sandwich of her own.

This on par if not better than the Olympic James Bond scene.
The Queen having tea with Paddington – incredible that at 96 and after 70 years on the throne she still has the power to surprise #platinumpartyatthepalace pic.twitter.com/88NP1ScpXx

— Michael Cowan (@mrmikecowan) June 4, 2022

The first artist to perform on stage for the Jubilee concert was Queen, with Adam Lambert singing as lead in place of the late Freddie Mercury.

As the music began, the Queen and Paddington tapped their cutlery in time with the music.

The Queen and Paddington had a jolly good time together (Picture: BBC)

The monarch didn’t seem to mind that the bear was causing unintentional havoc (Picture: BBC)

People on Twitter couldn’t get over the pair’s unexpected scene, with one writing: ‘Omg paddington with the queen…… so cute.’

‘I literally hate living here but watching the literal Queen interact with Paddington is making me cheese a little bit LMAOO it’s cute!’ someone else remarked.

Not the queen and Paddington bear having tea 😭 #PlatinumJubilee

— Em (@littleteagirl_) June 4, 2022

This is amazing The Queen and Paddington. Hilarious #PlatinumPartyatthePalace

— Karl Howard (@howard86_karl) June 4, 2022

Paddington with the Queen! Pure gold! #Paddington #Queen #Jubilee

— Mitchell WEBB (@MitchellWebb85) June 4, 2022

Honestly the Queen and Paddington is the best thing I’ve ever seen

— Cat (@Cat1977) June 4, 2022

The Queen and Paddington. Oh my life, What a start! ❤️

— Jonny Harvey (@jonnyharvey11) June 4, 2022

One person described the opening skit as ‘pure gold’, while someone else said: ‘Honestly the Queen and Paddington is the best thing I’ve ever seen.’

Another person seemed to be in disbelief by what they’d just witnessed, stating: ‘The queen and paddington bear is this a fever dream.’

‘Go on the queen, having a marmalade sandwich with Paddington Bear,’ one person commented.

‘Paddington and the Queen? Priceless!’ another quipped.

More: BBC

The line-up for the Platinum Jubilee concert is extensive to say the least, boasting stars including Diana Ross, Craig David, Hans Zimmer and Diversity.

There will be a pre-recorded performance from Sir Elton John, while stars including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet, and Ellie Simmonds will also be appearing.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert is airing on BBC One and will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is well and truly upon us.

Taking place from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, the celebrations mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.

Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts, and other special events attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

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