As we look forward to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 95th birthday on 21 April, Merrythought, the UK’s oldest remaining teddy bear manufacturer, has created a very special limited edition teddy bear in her honour.

Merrythought, which last year celebrated its own milestone of 90 years in business, has hand-crafted the elegant bear from the finest caramel-coloured mohair plush and pure cotton velvet.

Taking inspiration from the outfits which Her Majesty has famously worn to royal occasions, such as Royal Ascot and Trooping of the Colour, the Merrythought team has created a detailed pure silk hat and coat for this highly collectable bear.

Fourth-generation managing director of Merrythought, Sarah Holmes, 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.

“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.”

Merrythought has really taken the time to understand Queen Elizabeth's favourite colours and outfits, recreating her turquoise coat and matching hat. The stunning, fully-lined set has been carefully made from the finest pure silk.

The teddy bear’s hat also features three handmade organza roses, whilst the coat is detailed with pearlescent buttons and an embroidered replica of the cherished turquoise and diamond brooch given to Her Majesty by Queen Mary.

The Queen is the first monarch in British history to celebrate their 95th birthday.

Merrythought teddy bears are world-renowned and sold as far afield as Australia and Japan, but are proudly made in Britain in the same factory the company started in 90 years ago. With a highly-skilled team making each bear by hand, it’s a meticulous 15-stage process which uses the finest natural materials.

The firm has also recently unveiled its charming HRH Duke of Edinburgh Teddy Bear, the first collectable bear of its kind, and created in the year Prince Philip celebrates his 100th birthday.

Each royal bear retails for £275, however Merrythought is offering a £25 discount when they are purchased together from merrythought.co.uk

Image: Jamie Ricketts