Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Harry and PM receive doll gifts

Prince Harry and David Cameron are presented with dolls during their visit to New York

Prince Harry became a living doll when he was presented with a "mini me" as a souvenir of his visit to New York.

Harry's unique gift was from a British technology company featured at an event showcasing innovative UK businesses.

The Prince was joined by David Cameron, who also received a £90 doll, at the reception held in a Manhattan photographic studio used by Madonna.

But the two men, in the US on separate official visits, both wanted a few adjustments made to their figures.

The event which was part of the Great campaign, a Government initiative which promotes the UK around the world as a place to visit, study and do business in, on the back of the success of the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.

The small models were created by MakieLab a company started only 18 months ago in London by two women, Jo Reach and Alex Taylor.

Ms Reach, 37, described the Prince's reaction to his doll: "Harry said he was impressed that we got his (Army Air Corps) cap right but he thought it looked a bit French so he adjusted it more on the side."

Harry laughed when the PM jokingly complained that the makers had given him a new brushed forward hairdo.

"We're trying to modernise you" one of the company founders said and Mr Cameron replied, smiling: "I'll take that tip on board."

MakieLab, a 3D printing company which makes toys of the future created the Prince and the politician dolls especially for the Great event.

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