Today I woke up to the news that some of my most favourite people have come together today for the ultimate birthday extravaganza!
Winnie the Pooh, Queen Elizabeth and actor Jim Broadbent have all been put together for the creation of a brand new Winnie the Pooh adventure; Winnie the Pooh and the Royal Birthday. As we all know this year we have all be celebrating her Majesty's 90th birthday but did you know that Mr. Winnie the Pooh himself is also 90 this year?
Winnie-the-Pooh has had previous links with Her Majesty The Queen, with The Duke and The Duchess of York being presented with a Christopher Robin china nursery set with hand-coloured pictures of Christopher Robin, Pooh and friends, as a gift for a young Princess Elizabeth, who is believed to have loved the Winnie-the-Pooh stories as a child. The 1926 A. A. Milne book, Teddy Bear and the Other Songs from When We Were Very Young, was also dedicated to Princess Elizabeth upon her birth when it was published – though the new adventure is the first time the much-loved bear has ‘met’ Her Majesty in one of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
The new story published by Egmont has been narrated by Broadbent, one of my all time favourite actors and it really is a marriage made in heaven (watch out Stephen Fry your crown of best storyteller could be taken?!).
Of the collaboration, Jim Broadbent, says: “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!” You and your little ones won't be able to help falling in love with Winnie and his friends as they set off for Buckingham Palace in search of the Queen so Winnie can perform his birthday 'hum' (and a give her a balloon of course!).
'The Queen lived in her palace, as Queens often do.
Doing all those busy things that busy Queens do.
But the Queen could never know, as you and I do,
That doing much can be the BEST thing to do.
So from a forest far away, for your special day,
We're sending you some quiet, and a little time to play.
To download and read this special story from you can click here
You can also listen to the audio version from Disney with Jim Broadbent here