A doll of the Queen to celebrate her birthday and jubilee has been released – and everyone is saying the same thing
A special Barbie doll was unveiled to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 96th birthday on Thursday April 21 and the Platinum Jubilee later this month – and everyone is saying the same thing about the figure’s likelihood.
Her Majesty’s doll is dressed in an elegant ivory dress and a blue ribbon adorned with order decorations. It is presented in a box inspired by the styles of Buckingham Palace, consisting of an ornate 3D cut-out border framing the figure, and an interior panel showing the throne and red carpet in the throne room.
Queen Elizabeth II joins Barbie’s Tribute Collection range, which was launched last year to celebrate “visionary individuals with exceptional impact and legacy in society”. Royal fanatics can buy themselves a doll by visiting Harrods, Hamley’s, Selfridges, John Lewis or Amazon.
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But people say the plastic doll is more like a different kind of royalty…entertainment royalty, to be precise; actress Dame Helen Mirren. Taking to Facebook, Jo L Heslop commented: ‘I think they’ve worked on the bad image of the Queen. You look good Dame Helen Mirren’, while David Thompson said: ‘Ha ha, definitely more like Helen Mirren.”
Facebook user Kenneth Rosenoern added: ‘Helen Mirren will be thrilled lol’, and Fiona Jaundrell echoed: ‘Looks like Helen Mirren too’. Coincidentally, Dame Helen will lead an all-star cast in a TV show to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. She will be joined by Tom Cruise and Damian Lewis.
The theatrical arena event, which will be broadcast live on ITV from the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 15, will feature 1,300 performers and 500 horses. It will consist of four acts, each overseen by a different event host – Cruise, Lewis, Adjoa Andoh and Alan Titchmarsh – and will trace the story from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dame Helen will play the role of Queen Elizabeth I, while a cast of Queen’s Players will be introduced by a character called The Herald played by Omid Djalili. Other guests will include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ant and Dec, Dame Joan Collins and Sir David Jason.
The Queen, who is the world’s longest-serving monarch, celebrates her Platinum Jubilee on Thursday June 2, marking 70 years of service. The UK will enjoy a four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday to Sunday June 5.