Thursday marks the 96th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. And Barbie released a royal doll to celebrate.
Mattel’s all-new Barbie also honors the Royal Family’s Platinum Jubilee. In February 2022, Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarch to serve 70 years on the throne.
Barbie’s dress is inspired by one of the Queen’s most iconic looks. The collectible doll wears an ivory dress, blue ribbon with order decorations and a stunning tiara based on Queen Mary’s fringed tiara.
“In 1952, when she ascended the throne, women were not encouraged to work and politicians expressed doubts about a young female monarch – but she showed them otherwise, proved herself to be a leader and a skilled diplomat,” Kate Williams, historian and author of ‘Our Queen Elizabeth,’ said in a statement via Mattel. “As Her Majesty celebrates this milestone jubilee, it is wonderful to see an iconic brand like Barbie share the impact of important historical female figures as leaders, creators and pioneers for new generations.”
Queen Elizabeth II’s Barbie joins the Barbie Tribute Collection, intended to celebrate “the visionaries whose incredible contributions have helped shape and influence culture.” The collection launched last year, with the first doll paying homage to ‘I Love Lucy’ star Lucille Ball.
“The Queen is the perfect addition to the Barbie Tribute Collection, designed to honor women whose contributions have made a big impact. We are proud to celebrate her historic milestone and encourage children to learn more about her legacy,” said Lisa McKnight, executive vice president of Mattel. and global head of Barbie and dolls, said.
Starting at $75, Queen Elizabeth’s Barbie is available from retailers including Mattel, Amazon, and Target.
The Royal Family shared their birthday wishes for the Queen on social media on Thursday, posting a rare photo of the 2-year-old monarch on Twitter. Members of the royal family – including Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla – also posted their best wishes to the Queen online.
Birthday photography:Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 96th birthday with her two majestic ponies