Barbie has released a limited-edition doll fit for a Queen – based on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
From toy makers Mattel, Barbie has created the doll to celebrate the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service.
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”, said: “As Her Majesty celebrates this milestone jubilee, it is wonderful to see an iconic brand like Barbie share important historical female figures, and their impact as leaders, creators and pioneers to new generations.
“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 proved them wrong, and proved herself an adept leader and diplomat.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Barbie 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 red carpeting inspired by the Throne Room.
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 will be sold at Amazon, Harrods, Hamley’s, Selfridges & John Lewis from April 21st, ahead of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend from 2nd-5th June 2022.
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