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Queen of England gets personalised Barbie doll on 96th birthday

Jay Shine

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Credit: Mattel

As Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 96th birthday and 70 years on the throne yesterday — i.e. “Platinum Jubilee” — toymaker Mattel delivered a plastic fantastic present: a special Barbie doll in the queen’s likeness.

According to the company, the doll sports a replica of the Queen’s wedding day tiara, as well as blue and pink ribbons after those her father George VI and grandfather George V gave her. These items that adorn the queenly Barbie, which wears a blue sash across a long ivory gown and matching white gloves.

With a dazzling crown of diamonds adorning her perfect silver locks and youthful face with bright red lips bearing a stately hint of a smile, no other 96 year old Queen has never looked younger.

The commemorative doll is part of a new series that Mattel has dreamed up to celebrate exceptional women who are “visionary individuals with an outstanding impact and legacy”.

That puts the Queen of England in good company, who joined American actress Lucille Ball, the first woman to a receive a Barbie doll in her own likeness, when the the toymaker launched its tribute collection in 2021.

Mattel was founded in 1945 in Los Angeles, California, just seven years before the Queen ascended to the throne in the UK. The gift is reminiscent of France’s Statue of Liberty, which it gifted to the US in 1886.

SOURCE: BBC

 

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