Apr 21, 2022

Queen gets her own Barbie

The Queen has been transformed into a Barbie doll for her Platinum Jubilee by toymaker Mattel.

The doll, designed to capturethe Queen's likeness, is being released on the real-life monarch's 96th birthday on Thursday.

It is part of the Barbie tribute collection, which the company says pays tribute to "visionary individuals with an outstanding impact and legacy".

It was launched last year with a doll of American actress Lucille Ball.Queen Elizabeth II's barbie doll is being released to commemorate her 70 years on the throne. Dressed in an ivory gown with blue ribbon, the doll features details drawn from the monarch's past. It wears a recreation of the tiara worn by the Queen on her wedding day, and pink and blue ribbons modelled after ones given to her by her father George VI and grandfather George V, the company says.

Meanwhile, the Queen will celebrate her 96th birthday on Thursday in Sandringham.

Britain's longest-lived monarch travelled by helicopter to her Norfolk estate, where she will be joined by family and friends.

She is expected to stay in a cottage on the estate particularly liked by her late husband, Prince Philip.A photograph has been released to mark the birthday, showing the Queen with two ponies and reflecting her lifelong interest in horses.

The picture was taken at Windsor Castle, where the Queen now mostly stays, and shows her with two Fell ponies, who will appear in the forthcoming Royal Windsor Horse Show.

(BBC News)