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Winnie the Pooh marks Queen's birthday

Press AssociationPress Association 26/05/2016

A new Winnie-the-Pooh adventure which sees the bear meet the Queen for the first time has been released to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays.

The illustrated story called Winnie-The-Pooh And The Royal Birthday, sees Pooh travel to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore to deliver a special present to the 90-year-old monarch.

There's an audio video version narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent, who says he thoroughly enjoying being part of the new adventure.

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 after a chance encounter when he spots her going for a stroll outside the palace.

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

Rather than being mentioned by name, he is described only 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, who also drew the pictures for the first authorised sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh in 2009.

Penned by Jane Riordan, the short story sees Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin and Eeyore 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 - which is 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.

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