End the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with a bang – A Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Award-winning children’s book illustrator of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Queen’s Hat, Steve Antony, has illustrated Her Majesty flying the world’s most famous fictional car to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Priced at £70 each, 100 signed limited edition prints will be available to purchase until the end of June. All proceeds will be donated to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Antony, known for his award-winning The Queen’s Hat, illustrated the first picture book adaptation of Ian Fleming’s classic children’s story, which was written by Peter Bently and published by Hachette Children’s in 2020.
Steve Antony says: “What better way to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee than to race through the clouds in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And if Chitty Chitty Bang Bang should cough and splutter who better to check under her bonnet than Queen Elizabeth II, who trained as a mechanic during WWII. But more importantly, I hope we can reach the £7000 target to contribute towards DEC’s essential aid and help the displaced people of Ukraine, especially the children.”
Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, says: “Ian Fleming’s magical flying car is a beloved part of British culture, so it seemed fitting to celebrate this historic occasion by giving Her Majesty the chance to take Chitty Chitty Bang Bang out for a spin. We adore Steve’s artwork, especially The Queen’s Hat, and are proud to honour Queen Elizabeth II with this special design. We hope fans enjoy it and that the money raised for charity is also a cause for celebration.”
Author, Peter Bently says: “I hope you will be as delighted as I am by Steve’s brilliant and witty illustration of Her Majesty taking to the skies in everyone’s favourite flying car. Happy Jubilee, Ma’am, and hold on to you hat!”
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