As lovers of all-things-Disney and all-things-royal, we couldn’t be more excited to read of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday. The story, which was written by Jane Riordan and illustrated by Mark Burgess, is an adventure that celebrates two of our favorite British icons — Pooh and Queen Elizabeth II.
You may be wondering why it’s taken this long for the humble bear to meet Her Majesty. Well, they were obviously just waiting for the perfect occasion! This same year the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday and also marked 90 years since Winnie-the-Pooh‘s first publication. What better way to commemorate the milestone than with this specially written story!
In Pooh’s latest adventure, he and his friends embark on an unforgettable journey from the Hundred Acre Wood to London to deliver a thoughtful birthday present to the Queen at Buckingham Palace. It’s truly wonderful watching our old friends come back to life as they take in sights like Trafalgar Square and an open-top bus as they travel throughout London.
The story begins as follows:
“Bear,” announced Christopher Robin solemnly. “That hum is fit for a Queen. That hum shall be The Queen’s present. Owl shall write it out and you and I and Eeyore shall deliver it to Buckingham Palace. And Piglet must come too because London is a very big place indeed and even small animals, if they are very good friends, can make everything alright.”
While this may be the first depiction of Pooh and the Queen’s meeting, it is known that the 1926 A.A. Milne book, Teddy Bear and the Other Songs from When We Were Very Young was dedicated to Princess Elizabeth upon her birth. Additionally, her parents, The Duke and Duchess of York, were also presented with a Christopher Robin china nursery set as a gift when she was just a young girl.
Another special treat? The audio adventure is narrated by Oscar®-winning actor, Jim Broadbent, who simply gushed about his experience with this project. He noted:
“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 A. A. Milne character. 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!”
And just when we thought we couldn’t want this book more — we find out even the adorable Prince George makes an appearance in his signature blues!
Luckily this must-have story is right at our fingertips! You can download the illustrated ebook and watch the animated story for free here.