When it comes to toys, not many are able to combine a good chunk of history, design and cuddliness the way the Steiff brand does. Over the years and since the company’s birth more than a century ago, it has pioneered not only the design of teddy bears but also of special limited edition pieces that pay tribute, give memorial or celebrate certain events, milestones and individuals; a popular example being the Queen Elizabeth II Steiff bear.
The Queen Elizabeth bear is a five jointed, thirty centimeter tall, white Schulte mohair teddy that was recently released under the brand’s limited edition collection. It is a musical bear that plays “God Save the Queen”, the national anthem, and is dressed like the monarch it was designed for. It comes with a majestic royal coronation robe in deep blue with accented spotted plush edging and a matching crown.
Being one of the most well-known monarchs of the modern time, it wouldn’t be quite a surprise as to why a Steiff bear would be fashioned in the likes of Queen Elizabeth. But there is actually more to the story than just that. September 9, 2015 marked the date that Her Highness officially became the longest reigning British monarch of all time and the longest reigning queen regnant in the world. The teddy was designed and made for such occasion.
Now to give you a little more insight, let’s take a little trip down history lane. The late Queen Alexandrina Victoria of the great Victorian Era known for its great expansion of the British Empire and for the cultural, industrial, military, scientific and political change within the UK, used to hold such titles. She was the longest reigning British monarch and queen regnant before Queen Elizabeth exceeded her record of 63 years, 7 months and 2 days.
Queen Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn. After the death of her father’s three older brothers who left no legitimate surviving children, she inherited into the throne at the young age of 18 and continued to rule up to her death at the age of 81 on January 22, 1901. Queen Elizabeth is her great-great-granddaughter.
So you see the Steiff Queen Elizabeth II bear is more than just a cute and cuddly toy. It ties a piece of history upon itself making it more interesting than your regular toy.