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Book and song help celebrate Royal milestone

By Tony Jones

Published 31/03/2016

Singer Katherine Jenkins will release a special version of the national anthem in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday
Singer Katherine Jenkins will release a special version of the national anthem in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday
'The Birthday Crown' book by Davide Cali and featuring illustrations by Kate Slater, which will be published by the Royal Collection Trust next month

A disco glitter ball, a bowl of fruit and a bird cage are just some of the weird and wonderful headpieces a fictional Queen tries on as she searches for the perfect 90th birthday crown.

The whimsical story is the plot of The Birthday Crown, written by Davide Cali, illustrated by Kate Slater and published next month by the Royal Collection Trust to mark the real Queen's 90th milestone.

It opens with birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace in full swing, but the right crown for the special day still needs to be found.

Slater's use of a three-dimensional collage technique brings the story and cast of characters to life.

She suspends the characters and other objects from wires to build up the images which are then photographed with the wires removed from the final picture.

Royal Collection Trust publisher Jacky Colliss Harvey said: "We hope that children and adults alike will enjoy Davide Cali's charming story about a very special birthday, brought to life through Kate Slater's highly original collage illustrations."

Meanwhile, singer Katherine Jenkins will release a special version of the national anthem in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday.

The track from her new album, Celebration, is a full rendition of the national anthem in its rarely heard, three-verse form, and it will be available to download from the singer's website for 24 hours on April 21.

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