Queen Camilla makes hilarious joke after receiving adorable lookalike barbie doll at Buckingham Palace

Queen Camilla makes hilarious joke after receiving adorable lookalike barbie doll at Buckingham Palace

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 12/03/2024

- 17:19

Updated: 12/03/2024

- 18:37

The Queen held a reception at Buckingham Palace today to celebrate International Women’s Day

Queen Camilla made a hilarious joke about a lookalike Barbie she was gifted today.

During a reception at Buckingham Palace the Queen was given a Barbie doll made to look like her.

The doll had the same bouncy, shoulder-length hairstyle as the Queen and wore the same outfit.

The Queen hosted the reception for International Women’s Day as President of the foundation Women of the World.

Queen Camilla

Queen Camilla was handed a lookalike Barbie doll at Buckingham Palace


Camilla’s Barbie doll also had a WOW Global brooch fitted to her outfit.

When handed the Barbie doll the Queen quipped that the designers had “taken about 50 years off her life.”

The royal was joined at event by actress Dame Helen Mirren who spoke to schoolchildren.

After being handed the doll, Camilla said: “Thank you very very much indeed. It's brilliant and they've taken about 50 years off my life.

Queen Camilla

Camilla joked the Barbie doll had 'taken 50 years off her life"


“I'm very very grateful. Thank you very much for doing that, it's wonderful.”

The Queen then exclaimed: “You should all have a Barbie!”

Camilla looked elegant at the event wearing a Fiona Clare long, vibrant blue dress with a zip-down neck and a black Amanda Wakeley cape.

The Director of WOW, Jude Kelly, who created the foundation in 2008, also met with the Queen at the reception.

Queen Camilla

The Queen met with members of the WOW (Women of the World) organisation


The WOW foundation “exists to build, convene and sustain a global movement that believes a gender equal world is desirable, possible and urgently required.”

At the engagement, the Queen delivered a speech where she referred to two stones that were thrown at Buckingham Palace in May 1914 during a Suffragette protest and are now on display in the palace.

She said: “Your achievements and your courage are great causes for celebration. As I have followed the progress of the WOW bus across all four corners of the country, I have been enormously impressed to hear of the mentorship that has been offered, the panel discussions that have challenged and strengthened those present, and the partnerships that have been forged with organisations that are, year round, doing incredible work with young people.

“So I want to say, quite simply – well done and thank you. And, as we look to the future, let us recall these words of Christabel Pankhurst: ‘Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand besides us, fight with us.’

Barbie doll

Camilla's lookalike Barbie doll


“To which I would only add: Let your lives be the stones that will shatter glass ceilings everywhere and inspire generations to come.”

The WOW bus tour brought workshops and activities across the UK to reach young people from a range of different backgrounds.

Camilla met with young people who had taken part in the WOW bus initiative as it made its final stop at Buckingham Palace.

The initiative focuses on girls but also includes all young people in activities designed to build resilience, wellbeing and good mental health.

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