This adorable painting of The Queen and Paddington at the Platinum Jubilee has gone viral - and we can see why

Over 25,000 royals fans have requested a copy of the painting from the artist

Queen's new tribute revealed, seen here watching from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade
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If you were as delighted as us to watch The Queen's lovely interaction with Paddington during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, then you'll love this cute painting of them.

Artist Eleanor Tomlinson admits she feels 'overwhelmed' as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee painting went viral after posting it on her social media and royal fans, in their thousands, got in touch to request a copy.

The East Yorkshire artist, who spent the weekend painting Jubilee-inspired art wasn't expecting the 25,000 emails about her drawing - which was inspired by the Queen's Paddington performance last Saturday. 

Fans were shocked by the Queen's amazing acting skills, as she recorded a 3-minute sketch with another British icon Paddington, and revealed, much to the delight of royal fans, that she too kept a marmalade sandwich in her handbag, as she opened the Platinum Jubilee concert on Saturday night.

And although fans wanted to know what the Queen actually carries in her handbag they loved the adorable scene, which opened with Her Majesty enjoying tea. Unfortunately, the hungry little bear scoffed all the snacks and tea before the Queen even had a look in, but not to worry - she revealed two slices of bread in her bag! 

So, of course, the painting of the two British icons has gone viral. The artist told the BBC, that the painting was a "round-up of everything we'd all enjoyed over the last four days, Corgis, the Queen in that stunning green coming on to the balcony, marmalade sandwiches, bunting - just little touches like that really."

She added, "It was just meant to be a social media post and it just went a bit crazy from there. To say I've been overwhelmed is an understatement."

The artist revealed, in an interview with BBC Look North that the original has gone to a long-standing customer, while she's also had some famous faces requesting a copy - including Paddington actor Hugh Bonneville.

Eleanor also had to ask friends and family to help her respond to the 25,000 email requests - after the picture of the painting went viral this week.

Fans took to social media on Saturday to convey their love of the Queen's Paddington video, with one Twitter user saying, "We always wondered what The Queen carried in her purse, now we know thanks to Paddington Bear."

Although the Queen wasn't able to attend the event, it was attended by the extended Royal Family, the Queen's grandchildren, the Queen's great-grandchildren, and of course her own children and their spouses.

The video of the Queen meeting Paddington for tea has also been shown all over the world - and been watched by 3.5 million on YouTube.

Sarah Finley

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