Queen Elizabeth II gets her own Barbie doll for Platinum Jubilee this year
- Several similar tributes are expected to pour in for the birthday
- The doll will be sold in London stores Harrods, Selfridges and Hamleys
- Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is being honoured with a Barbie doll in her likeness to mark her Platinum Jubilee this year. Reuters reported that toy maker Mattel has said that it was commemorating the monarch's 70 years on the throne with a Tribute Collection Barbie doll.
Dressed in an ivory gown with a blue sash adorned with miniature medallions and ribbons, the figure also has a tiara based on the one Elizabeth wore on her wedding day.
Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 96 on Thursday, ascended the throne on the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952. She is the longest-ruling monarch in British history.
The doll will be sold in London stores Harrods, Selfridges and Hamleys ahead of official Platinum Jubilee celebrations in early June.
The monarch, who has been based at Windsor Castle in south-east England, will mark a low-key birthday at a farmhouse where her late husband, Prince Philip, spent many of his retirement years in the royal estate in the county of Norfolk.
Wood Farm was the home of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, after his retirement from royal engagement in August 2017 and the Queen visited him there frequently until he shifted to the Windsor Castle “royal bubble” during the COVID pandemic until he passed away in April 2021 aged 99.
“I know the whole House will want to join me in wishing Her Majesty the Queen a very happy birthday for tomorrow,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Several similar tributes are expected to pour in for the birthday, which is formally celebrated only in early June as the Queen’s official birthday. This year, it will be marked with added pomp and show as the Platinum Jubilee of the monarch’s 70-year reign.