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Royal teddy bears and toys

Royal toys
Royal toys ©

Teddy bears can be an important part of childhood. Many children (and adults!) have a teddy bear that they have owned all their lives. Regardless of shape or size, toys can provide great comfort and joy. Do you have a teddy bear that is special to you?

 

teddy bear

Teddy bear ©

Royal play

Royal children, past and present, have played with all kinds of toys – teddy bears, dolls, jigsaws and train sets, as well as miniature versions of prams and wheelbarrows.

This teddy bear from the Royal Nursery looks a little worse for wear – probably because he is quite old, but perhaps also because he has been well loved and played with over the years. Toys belonging to royal children have been passed down from one child to the next and from one generation to another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Elizabeth and Margaret on a rocking horse

Princesses Elizabeth with her sister, Princess Margaret, riding a rocking horse in 1932. ©

 

Princess Elizabeth

Before she learnt to ride, Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, had a particular love of toy horses. In her childhood home at 145 Piccadilly, London, a large number of toy horses on wheels were ‘stabled’ on the upper staircase landing. Each had its own saddle and bridle, and they were fed and watered every night. When Princess Elizabeth’s father became king and the royal family moved to Buckingham Palace, the toy horses came too. The horses occupied a new position outside the children’s bedrooms on the second floor of the palace. You can see the princess’s toy horses in the image at the top of this page.

Here are some more toys in the Royal Collection, including another teddy bear. Which one is your favourite?

Have a go!

Can you create a picnic for a teddy bear? Download our activity sheet and draw your picnic.

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A picnic for a teddy bear

Related exhibition
Royal Childhood

From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will give an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace