Queen depicted in Winnie-the-Pooh book to mark their 90th birthdays

A new Winnie-the-Pooh adventure has been released which sees the bear of very little brain meet the Queen for the first time.

The illustrated story - to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays - is called Winnie-The-Pooh And The Royal Birthday, and there is also an audio-video version narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent. It sees Pooh travel to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore to deliver a special present to the monarch.

The Queen, in a red coat and hat with familiar black gloves and handbag, is depicted listening to the honey-loving bear as he recites her a birthday "hum" or poem. It follows a chance encounter when he spots her going for a stroll outside the Palace.

Pooh Bear and characters outside Buckingham Palace

Prince George also makes an appearance in the book - he is recognisable in the drawing by his blond side-parted hair, blue cardigan and trademark shorts.

But he is just described as a little boy running behind the Queen and as "much younger than Christopher Robin and almost as bouncy as Tigger".

George is given a red balloon by Piglet, pats him on the head and tickles Pooh's ears.

The colourful drawings in the new tale are in the classic EH Shepard style and by illustrator Mark Burgess. He also drew the pictures for the first authorised sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh - Return To The Hundred Acre Wood - in 2009.

Prince George and Piglet

Penned by Jane Riordan, the short story sees Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin and Eeyore have quite an adventure. They travel through London in an open-top red double-decker bus, visit the lion statues in Trafalgar Square, see the Palace guards, and walk hand in hand down The Mall.

The release - available free at www.Disney.co.uk/WinnieRoyalBirthday - was written to celebrate the Queen's official birthday in June and Winnie-the-Pooh's 90th anniversary.

AA Milne's Pooh bear first appeared in a story book - called Winnie-the-Pooh - in October 1926. And Broadbent said he thoroughly enjoyed being part of this new adventure.

"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," the actor 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."

As a youngster, Princess Elizabeth was said to have loved the Pooh tales.

AA Milne's collection of poems, Teddy Bear And Other Songs From When We Were Very Young, was dedicated to her when it was published in 1926 - the year of her birth. And she was also given a Christopher Robin china nursery set with hand-coloured pictures of Christopher Robin, Pooh and friends as a child.

Nicole Pearson, creative director at Egmont Publishing, said: "This is a celebration of two very British icons that have been part of our British heritage for 90 years."

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