Winnie-the-Pooh Meets the Queen – and Prince George Too!
A charming new tale celebrates the monarch's 90th – the same as Pooh's!
A.A. Milne’s classic children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh was also born in 1926 – and a brand-new tale is being released on Wednesday to mark the occasion.
Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday
, an original illustrated and audio story narrated by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, finds the kindly bear and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood – including Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin – receiving a “Most Urgent” letter informing them of the Queen’s big birthday.
An exclusive sketch created by Mark Burgess (in the style of original Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard) especially for PEOPLE shows Pooh and Piglet playing outside Buckingham Palace with the Queen’s corgis.
In the new adventure, Pooh and his pals decide to visit Buckingham Palace, but first they encounter big-city sights in London, including the Tube and Trafalgar Square.
At the palace, they see the Queen’s Guard (“What do you think they keep under their hats, Pooh?” asks Piglet) before meeting the Queen.
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It’s all perfectly charming – right down to Piglet’s iconic red balloon – and somewhere we imagine Marvin the Royal Hamster is plotting a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood!
Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday, written by Jane Riordan and illustrated by Mark Burgess, is available for free here.