The Queen is one of the most depicted women in the world, with her image found everywhere from priceless artworks to bargain souvenir products. And now Barbie has been added to the list in her Platinum Jubilee year.
A doll has been made in the Queen’s image as part of a tribute series which celebrates those who have made an impact and generated a legacy as trailblazers. Following the release of a Lucile Ball doll last year on the 70th anniversary of I Love Lucy, Barbie manufacturer Mattel is recognising the Queen as she marks 70 years on the throne.
The new doll does indeed instantly evoke an image of the British monarch, with her perfectly coiffed white hair, tiara, and gown. She is also shown wearing a blue sash and silver star representing the Order of the Garter, which is the oldest and most senior order of chivalry in Britain.
“The tiara is based on Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, and the little medallions on ribbons are the Royal Family Orders. The Queen's look is inspired by the style and colour of a gown that she’s favoured in royal portraits of herself—following her signature look of simple, white or ivory designs,” according to a statement.
Senior director of Barbie Design, Robert Best, explains further in a blog post about the figurine: "The gown is not a copy of any one dress she wears, but rather a gown inspired by the style and colour of gown that she's favoured in royal portraits of herself for the past several years. If you look at those portraits or how she dresses for important events, she very much has a signature style and look—always a very simple design in white or ivory, which makes sense given that she must then wear all the accompanying jewellery and sash as befits her rank."
Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara is one of the most famous tiaras in the Queen’s personal jewellery collection - she wore it on her wedding day - however in real life it is not one she wears frequently for royal events or portraits. Nevertheless, the £58 doll is likely to prove popular with royal and Barbie collectors alike.
“For fans who may want to keep the doll in her box to preserve its collectible value, the packaging conveys the majesty and importance of the doll within. Inspired by Buckingham Palace, the packaging shows a hint of the throne and the red carpeting inside the palace throne room and features a crest-shaped logo and a badge commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne,” reports Town & Country.
This is the first time Barbie has ever made a doll in the image of a living royal, however there have been dolls previously made of historical royals including Queen Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette.
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