Winnie-the-Pooh turns 90, meets Britain's queen in new book

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LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) - Winnie-the-Pooh turns 90 this year and the much-loved children's character returns for a new adventure in which he meets someone else celebrating the same significant birthday -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

"Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday" sees the popular bear from A.A. Milne's children's stories travel to London with friends Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore, where they take in the famous sites and arrive at Buckingham Palace.

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The short illustrated and audio story, which can be downloaded for free, has been released to celebrate both birthdays. Elizabeth turned 90 last month while Milne's first Winnie-the-Pooh book came out in October 1926.

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Handout image issued by Disney of an illustration by Mark Burgess of Winnie-the-Pooh with the Queen from a new adventure story which sees the bear of very little brain meet the Queen for the first time that has been released to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays.
Handout image issued by Disney of an illustration by Mark Burgess of Piglet with Prince George from a new adventure story which sees Winnie-the-Pooh meet the Queen for the first time that has been released to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays.
Handout image issued by Disney of an illustration by Mark Burgess of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends on the Mall from a new adventure story which sees the bear of very little brain meet the Queen for the first time that has been released to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays.
Handout image issued by Disney of an illustration by Mark Burgess of Winnie-the-Pooh outside Buckingham Palace from a new adventure story which sees the bear of very little brain meet the Queen for the first time that has been released to celebrate both of their 90th birthdays.
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"There's such a wit and a style to the stories that adults enjoy reading them to children," British actor Jim Broadbent, who narrates the audio story, said in a video release.

"... The children love them and they then love them and want to pass them on to the next generation and they carry on." (Reporting By Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

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The royal carriage of Queen Elizabeth II passes along Victoria Embankment on its way to Westminster Abbey, on June 02, 1953, during the ceremony of coronation of the Queen. The Queen was solemnly crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II poses with the royal sceptre 02 June 1953 after being crowned solemnly at Westminter Abbey in London. Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen in 1952 at age 25. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Prince Philip waves to the crowd, 02 June 1953, after being crowned solemnly at Westminter Abbey in London. Queen Elizabeth II was set Thursday 20 December 2007, to become the oldest monarch, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria amid signs the royal family is preparing for life after 81-year-old 'Lillibet'. Victoria died in 1901 aged 81 years and 243 days, and Elizabeth will mark passing the milestone with neither pomp nor ceremony, spending the day as usual with her husband of 60 years, Prince Philip. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen's Guards marching along Pall Mall as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation procession, London, 2nd June 1953. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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