While you can't have missed that the Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year, you mightn’t know that another very famous British face is turning 90 too. That's right – the honey-loving bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, is also celebrating 90 years since he first arrived in the Hundred Acre Wood. And to celebrate their joint milestones, the pair are meeting for the first time in a brand new picture story called 'Winnie-the-Pooh And the Royal Birthday'.
Released by Disney this week, the new picture book follows the story of Winnie-the-Pooh and the gang, including Christopher Robin, Piglet, Owl and Eeyore, as they make the trip from Hundred Acre Wood to London to deliver a very special birthday present to the Queen. The best thing about the new story is that it is completely free to download and stream on YouTube. Written by Jane Riordan and illustrator Mark Burgess, and narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent, the new tale sees the gang taking in iconic London sights from Trafalgar Square to Big Ben, before having a chance meeting with none other than her Majesty!
If that weren't exciting enough, after finally presenting their birthday gift to the Queen, Piglet bumps into another member of the Royal Family who is following his 'Gan-Gan' around. Yes, you guessed it – Prince George makes an appearance! Wearing his much-loved blue cardigan and shorts ensemble, he is, according to the book's characters, "much younger than Christopher Robin and almost as bouncy as Tigger", a description that Wills and Kate are sure to agree with!
It may be the first time that Winnie-the-Pooh has met a member of the Royal Family in print, however the relationship between Pooh Bear and the Queen goes back a long way. As a young baby, Princess Elizabeth was said to be very fond of the Silly Old Bear, receiving china gifts featuring drawings of the characters and even having the 1926 A. A. Milne book, 'Teddy Bear and the Other Songs from When We Were Very Young', dedicated to her.
Although Pooh isn't quite aware of his age or connections to the Queen in the new story, as he says at the end of the adventure: “It must be a very great thing to be ninety years old”. It must, indeed Pooh – and a very happy 90th to you too!
You and your family can enjoy Pooh’s latest adventure for free by downloading ‘Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday’ here.
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