The Queen gets a Barbie for her birthday

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has received a very special present on her 96th birthday on Thursday (21April2022) been immortalised as a Barbie doll.In celebration of The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, the Barbie brand is recognising Her Majesty, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, with a Tribute Collection Barbie doll made in her likeness.Celebrating 70 historic years of service, Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. After Her Majesty’s Coronation in 1953, The Queen’s extraordinary reign has seen Her lead with duty, humanitarian efforts and a life of public service, unifying the nation in celebration, reflection, and community.The Queen Elizabeth II Barbie doll is instantly recognisable in an elegant ivory gown and blue riband adorned with decorations of order. The tiara is based on Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara – famously worn by The Queen on her wedding day - and miniature medallions on ribbons are inspired by the Royal Family Orders. The pink ribbon was given to The Queen by her father George VI, and the pale blue by her grandfather George V. The silver brooch pinned underneath the sash represents the Garter Star Brooch, the insignia of the highest order of chivalry in the United Kingdom, the Order of the Garter.Historian and Professor Kate Williams, author of ‘Our Queen Elizabeth’ says: “Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has been one of extraordinary impact, holding a position that few women have. The longest reigning British monarch, and the first to reach a Platinum Jubilee, The Queen has dedicated herself to service and duty and seen the world change immeasurably. In 1952, when she came to the throne, women were not encouraged to work and politicians expressed doubts about a young female monarch - but she showed them wrong, proved herself an adept leader and diplomat. As Her Majesty celebrates this milestone jubilee it is wonderful to see an iconic brand like Barbie share important historical female figures impact as leaders, creators and pioneers to new generations.”Since 1959, the Barbie brands purpose has been to inspire the limitless potential in every girl and remind them they can be anything. That message has never been more relevant than it is today. Last year, Barbie launched the Tribute Collection to celebrate visionaries for their incredible contributions, impact and legacy as trailblazers.The doll is presented in a box inspired by the styles present in Buckingham Palace, made from a 3D ornate die-cut border which frames the doll, and an inner panel showing a throne and the red carpeting inspired by the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. The box is printed with a crest-shaped logo and a badge commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.The Queen Elizabeth II doll is now available at Amazon, Harrods, Hamley’s, Selfridges & John Lewis  ahead of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend between 2nd -5th June 2022.Where: London, United KingdomWhen: 20 Apr 2022Credit: Mattel/Cover Images**EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MATERIALS ONLY TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH EDITORIAL STORY. THE USE OF THESE MATERIALS FOR ADVERTISING, MARKETING OR ANY OTHER COMMERCIAL PURPOSE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. MATERIAL COPYRIGHT REMAINS WITH STATED SUPPLIER.**
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has received a very special present on her 96th birthday (Image: Mattel/Cover Images)

Mattel has created a limited edition Barbie of Queen Elizabeth to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee year, which marks her 70 years on the throne.

The collectible doll has been released on the Queen's 96th birthday - which is actually April 21st - even though it's celebrated in June.

The website listing for the doll says: "Barbie celebrates the longest ruling monarch in British history, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose extraordinary reign has seen her lead with an immeasurable devotion to duty and a life of service."

The doll's regal ensemble includes an elegant ivory gown and blue riband adorned with decorations of order and of course a stunning crown and matching accessories.

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(Images: Mattel/Cover Images)

The Barbie is sculpted to look like the Queen, though some Twitter fans think it looks more like Dame Helen Mirren, who played Queen Elizabeth II in the movie The Queen, which earned her an Academy Award.

And there's some extra requests too:

If you were hoping to get your hands on one, bad news. The website listing shows the doll has already sold out, even with a purchase limit of 3 per customer.

We can bet the Queen got a few extra for her grandchildren right?

Anyway, Happy Birthday to the Queen and also thanks for the public holiday!