One of Britain's most-loved fictional characters, Winnie-the-Pooh, has finally met the Queen. The famous bear shares a landmark birthday with the Queen – both celebrate their 90th birthdays this year.
In a new story called Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday, Pooh is joined by Eeyore, Piglet and Christopher Robin for a trip from Hundred Acre Wood to London. After arriving by train at Victoria Station, the group take a tour on an open-top bus, passing Harrods and Big Ben, before stopping to do a bit of sightseeing in Trafalgar Square.
When Pooh and friends arrive at Buckingham Palace, they have a chance meeting with the Queen and Prince George - who is described as being "much younger than Christopher Robin and almost as bouncy as Tigger". Pooh hums the Queen a poem about "the joy of not doing much" (a bear after our own hearts) and Piglet gives the gift of a red balloon to Prince George.
The story is thought to be a very special birthday gift for the Queen, who was a fan of A.A. Milne’s stories as a young child. One of the first books to feature Pooh – called Teddy Bear and the Other Songs From When We Were Very Young – was dedicated to a very young Princess Elizabeth when it was published shortly after her birth in 1926.
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