First News - Meet Queen Barbie

Queen Barbie doll - created to celebrate the Queen's 70 years on the throne (photo: Petra Rajnicova)
Queen Barbie doll - created to celebrate the Queen's 70 years on the throne (photo: Petra Rajnicova)

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The Queen has been turned into a Barbie doll to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

Queen Barbie doll - created to celebrate the Queen's 70 years on the throne (photo: Petra Rajnicova)

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    Her Majesty’s doll was revealed by toymaker Mattel on her 96th birthday last week.

    It’s a limited edition and forms part of the Barbie Tribute Collection, which celebrates people who have made an incredible and lasting impact on the world.

    The royal Barbie wears an elegant ivory dress, along with a blue ribbon featuring decorations of order (medals to honour someone’s service) and a special brooch known as the Garter Star, which is thought to date back to the late 17th century. The doll also features Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, famously worn by Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day to Prince Philip.


    The Queen hasn’t commented on her special Barbie lookalike, but we’re sure one would approve, don’t you think?


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    Game creator

    By Jackson Mann

    Jackson Mann who has devised a conservation game


    My family and I were in Costa Rica when I came up with the idea for my SOS Save Our Species game.

    Costa Rica is a shining example of conservation. In a world of deforestation and climate change, Costa Rica’s forests are growing. I am a big fan of games like Exploding Kittens, Ticket to Ride and Uno, so I decided to create a game that had a real-life message behind it.

    The aim of SOS is to collect rare species and match them with habitat cards to live in. The rarer the species, the more species points you get.

    As in real life, your habitat can be threatened. Forest fires, oil spills and global warming can destroy your habitat and make your species extinct! Special habitat cards like Corridor Cards and National Parks can connect and protect your species.

    This cause is important to me, so I am donating 100% of profits to WWF and other conservation charities.



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