Queen gets her own Barbie to celebrate her 96th birthday and the Platinum Jubilee

·Contributor, Yahoo Life UK
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The Queen has been honoured with her own barbie doll. (Mattel/PA)
The Queen has been honoured with her own barbie doll. (Mattel/PA)

The Queen is celebrating her 96th Birthday today and in order to mark the occasion the royal has been immortalised in doll form via her very own Barbie.

The limited edition, Queen Elizabeth II Barbie doll, released today, has been unveiled by Mattel to help commemorate the monarch's historic Platinum Jubilee.

Inspired by one of her most iconic looks, the honorary doll wears an elegant ivory gown and blue ribbon adorned with decorations of order.

Her regal ensemble is completed with an incredible tiara, based on Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, which the Queen wore for her wedding to Prince Philip.

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And the royal detailing doesn't stop there, with the doll also modelling a pink ribbon, which imitates one given to the Queen by her father George VI, and a pale blue ribbon in a nod to the gift from her grandfather George V.

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Meanwhile the little silver brooch pinned underneath is said to represent the Garter Star, the insignia of the highest order of chivalry in the UK.

The doll forms part of Barbie’s Tribute Collection, which was launched last year in celebration of “visionary individuals with an outstanding impact and legacy within society”.

Sadly, the doll doesn't come with a tiny corgi, but is presented in a box inspired by the style of the real life Buckingham Palace.

Made from a 3D ornate die-cut border framing the figure, it contains an inner panel showing the throne and the red carpet of the throne room, for the Queen-style doll to sit on.

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The tiara was based on the tiara the Queen wore to her own wedding to Prince Philip. (Mattel/PA)
The tiara was based on the tiara the Queen wore to her own wedding to Prince Philip. (Mattel/PA)

It’s all based on a portrait commissioned to mark the monarch's 60th year on the throne back in 2012.

While the price for this special bit of memorabilia hasn't yet been revealed, royal fans can purchase the doll from Harrods, Hamley’s, Selfridges, John Lewis, and Amazon.

It isn't the first time Barbie has introduced some commemorative dolls. To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2018, Mattel honoured female role models across a diverse range of career paths with their very own dolls from British Boxing Champion Nicola Adams to ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan.

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pictured in October 2020. (Getty Images)
The Queen is celebrating her 96th Birthday, pictured in October 2020. (Getty Images)

More recently, Mattel also introduced a range of Barbies dressed as vets, doctors and computer engineers in a bid to encourage young women to “be anything you want”.

And back in 2019 Mattel were praised for releasing a more inclusive, diverse range of dolls including dolls with disabilities – one that uses a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg.

The toy company worked with founder of nonprofit organisation, Born Just Right, Jordan Reeves – who has a prosthetic arm – to ensure the new dolls are as realistic as possible.

Later Mattel also introduced a Black Barbie who uses a wheelchair and wears her hair natural. While a white, disabled Barbie was released in the 1990s, this marked the first time the company released a Black doll who uses a wheelchair.

Additional reporting PA.

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