The Queen isn’t the only one celebrating their 90th birthday this year, so is Winnie the Pooh and to celebrate both of their birthdays – a new story has been released about their meeting.
Winnie-The-Pooh and The Royal Birthday is the adventure of Pooh bear taking a trip to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin, Eeyore and Piglet to give Queen Elizabeth a birthday gift after travelling through London on a red double decker bus to see the sites. The story, which is available free at www.Disney.co.uk/WinnieRoyalBirthday, comes both as an illustrated story and an audio-video edition narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent.
“I have been a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh since I was a boy, in fact I named my very first and much loved teddy Pooh and that can only have been after the AA Milne character,” Broadbent said.
“I’ve loved being part of this story to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and Winnie-the-Pooh’s 90th anniversary; it’s been an honour to narrate such an iconic story and I want to wish both Her Majesty The Queen and Winnie-the-Pooh a very Happy 90th.”
The new story was written by Jane Riordan and illustrated by Mark Burgess in EH Shepherd’s style. Burgess also illustrated the authorised sequel Winnie-The-Pooh- Return To The Hundred Acre Wood.
Pooh encounters the Queen while she is on a stroll outside the Palace dressed in a red coat and hat with black gloves and her signature handbag. He serenades the Queen with a birthday “hum”.
Although not mentioned by name, Prince George is recognisable with his blue cardigan, shorts and blonde floppy hair. He is noted as a little boy running behind the Queen and “much younger than Christopher Robin and almost as bouncy as Tigger”.
Piglet gifts Prince George with a red balloon, who pats him on the head.
AA Milne’s Winnie-The-Pooh first made an appearance in October 1926. The same year AA Milne also published a collection of poems, Teddy Bear And The Other Songs From When We Were Very Young and dedicated to them to Princess Elizabeth in celebration of her birth.