The Queen or Helen Mirren? New limited-edition Barbie doll commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee causes controversy

The Queen or Helen Mirren? New limited-edition Barbie doll commemorating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee causes controversy Credit: Twitter

Iconic doll brand Barbie has issued a new limited-edition doll in honour of the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, or is it Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen?

The Barbie doll is named The Queen Elizabeth II Barbie and was released Thursday 21, April, on the Queen’s 96th birthday. The Queen Elizabeth II Barbie is part of a collection launched last year named Barbie’s Tribute Collection, which celebrates “visionary individuals with an outstanding impact and legacy within society”.

The doll is dressed in a royal ivory coloured gown and wears a blue sash that is marked by a pink ribbon replicating a gift from George VI the Queen’s father and a pale blue replicating another gift from George V, her grandfather. The doll’s tiara is based on Queen Mary’s fringe tiara, which the monarch wore on the day she was married. The doll comes in a box which is designed based on the layout of Buckingham Palace, including a cut out that shows the throne and the royal red carpets.

It will be sold at John Lewis, Selfridges, Hamley’s, Harrods and Amazon, with Amazon US currently listing the product at 75 dollars.

People have since taken to Twitter to comment on the similarity between the doll and Actress Helen Mirren.

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Other reactions have also been mixed with Twitter user @GibsonLaura66 stating: “The Queen‘s getting her own Barbie doll for her 96th birthday. What moron decided this was a good idea?” Another Twitter user @hellen3030 stated :”MY DREAM COMES TRUE!!! I always wanted a Barbie doll inspiration of The Queen”.

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