Queen surprised with bespoke teddy bear to celebrate official birthday

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The fluffy animals are dressed in a turquoise hat and matching coat with a brooch pinned to the breast. The ensemble is made of pure silk and is modelled on popular outfits the Queen has worn down through the years at Royal Ascot, Trooping the Colour and royal weddings.

The teddy bear’s hat features three handmade organza roses, while the coat is detailed with pearlescent buttons.

The brooch is an embroidered replica of the cherished turquoise and diamond piece given to Her Majesty by Queen Mary.

The toys were handmade at a historic factory in Shropshire by Merrythought, the UK’s oldest remaining teddy bear manufacturer.

Although she turned 95 April 21, the Queen’s official birthday is celebrated in Britain and the Commonwealth each year in June.

Her Majesty was the first monarch in British history to celebrate their 95th birthday.

Ahead of the holiday, the handcrafted bears have gone on sale, giving royal fans the option to mark the occasion by purchasing one for themselves or buying it as a gift.

Earlier this year Merrythought released a teddy bear of Prince Philip wearing his Royal Navy uniform.

Sarah Holmes, the fourth-generation managing director of the company, said staff wanted to mark her birthday by making a cuddly toy “in honour” of Her Majesty.

She said: “Merrythought’s relationship with the Royal Family goes back several generations.

“In 1952 we presented Her Majesty with a Merrythought Corgi.

“Since then we are proud to have worked with several of the official royal enterprises, created teddy bears for each royal generation – including great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louise and more recently in 2018, we enjoyed a visit from Princess Alexandra.

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“We have collectors all over the world following for our royal commemorative teddy bears, and wanted to celebrate our much-admired Queen and offer a beautiful teddy bear in her honour.”

The latest creation in Merrythought’s royal collection comes after the firm celebrated 90 years of business last year.

The Queen lost her beloved husband on April 9 just two months short of what would have been his 100th birthday.

Last November the couple posed for pictures in Windsor Castle as they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.

Following his month-long stay in hospital this spring, Philip returned to the royal residence in Berkshire to recuperate.

The Duke of Edinburgh had undergone heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.

The Queen, who is now a widow, was quick to return to royal duties following the sombre funeral for her husband in mid April.

She has taken part in several royal engagements on Zoom and is reportedly keen to return to her pre-Covid full schedule of appointments.

The teddy bears of the Queen and Philip retail for £275 each, with a £25 discount if they are bought together.

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