Bear Grylls has apologized to his followers after being accused of looking “cheery” while attending the Queen's funeral on Monday. The 48-year-old TV survival star was invited to attend the state funeral at Westminster Abbey as a representative for the Scouts.
The Queen was Patron of the Scouting Association, and Bear, who has an OBE, is the Chief Scout and was among the first to arrive at the Abbey, which saw over 2,000 mourners attend with over 160 world leaders among the congregation.
Bear has faced a backlash after he was seen smiling and waving outside Westminster Abbey, with some saying that his perceived jovial attitude was not befitting the solemnity required on such a momentous day.
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The TV star has now apologized to those who felt he was too jovial and explained that he was waving to a cameraman, who Bear knew from his show Running Wild, and who had been selected to film the service.
He wrote on Instagram: Lovely to be with his sister Lara before the service… and special to see their cameraman on Running Wild Mungothecameraman selected to film the entrance to the service.
It was him that Bear was acknowledging when he waved. He felt so sorry if it looked cheery when it was such a solemn day. He didn't mean that.
Alongside his explanation, Bear also posted several poignant photos from the day, including the Queen's coffin and the Royal Family.
He captioned the pics: It is a day we will never forget… a truly beautiful testament to our Nation's Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Rest in Peace. Your duty is done. Long Live, King Charles.
Bear also paid tribute to the Queen on the Scouts UK website, writing in the moving article: He will miss her quiet leadership, values and integrity, and wonderful sense of humor.
“While she was our monarch and Patron, she always made time to listen to our Scouts and recognize their achievements. Her smile would light up the room.”
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