Queen Elizabeth II isn’t the only icon turning 90 this year.
It turns out that one of our most beloved childhood stories, Winnie the Pooh, was first published in 1926, making Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and, of course, Christopher Robin, 90 years old.
To mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, an original illustrated and audio story Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday will be released on Wednesday. The adorable story centres around our favourite characters – with a few extra additions.
They all look like characters from a story book. Image courtesy of Annie Leibovitz.
When Christopher Robin tells his friends about the Queen's upcoming birthday, they decide to embark on a trip to Buckingham Palace to deliver a red balloon as a gift. But when they find the Queen, she's accompanied by a particularly cute companion.
The excerpts are enough to get us all absurdly excited for George's latest adventure.
"Behind The Queen ran a little boy. He was much younger than Christopher Robin and almost as bouncy as Tigger. He caught sight of Piglet and the balloon and he jumped up and down in delight. The little boy patted Piglet fondly and tickled Winnie-the-Pooh’s ears. Piglet handed him the beautiful balloon and he giggled and skipped away with it."
Not only does Prince George get to live in a castle, get birthday presents from the Queen of England, hang out with Obama in his dressing gown, and play with little Charlotte whenever he pleases, but now he gets to be part of Winnie the Pooh's next adventure.
What a life.
The illustrated book was written by Jane Riordan and illustrated by Mark Burgess. You can download the entire story for free here.