Prince Harry recorded a special message to celebrate the 75th birthday of the favorite Thomas the Tank Engine.
The Duke of Sussex presents a new program called “Thomas and Friends: The Royal Engine”, which has a screenplay that includes Harry’s father and grandmother, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, as animated characters .
Set when the Prince of Wales was a boy, the story sees the friendly engine taking railway supervisor Sir Topham Hatt to Buckingham Palace for an honor.
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In his introduction – which was recorded in January before he moved abroad – Prince Harry is seen seated in an armchair, reading a book on the adventures of the train.
In a statement, he said he had “fond memories of growing up with Thomas and his friends and being transported to new places through his adventures.”
Thomas “has been a comforting and familiar face for so many families over the past 75 years – entertaining, educating and inspiring children on important issues through exciting stories and characters,” he added.
In January, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, announced that they were planning to resign as members of the royal family, seek financial independence and move to North America.
The separation became official in late March, and the couple are currently in California, where Meghan grew up.
Evidence of Prince Harry’s attachment to the engine can also be seen in photos of his first day at daycare in September 1987, where he is seen carrying a Thomas the Tank Engine bag.
75 years ago, Rev. Wilbert Awdry published the first book of “The Railway Series”. It was originally created as a bedtime story for her son, Christopher, during an episode of measles.
The brave blue tank engine does not appear in the first story. He obtained his own illustrated book in 1946 entitled “Thomas the Tank Engine” and quickly took over from Edward, Gordon and Henry as everyone’s favorite.
The train tales were transformed into a stop-motion animation series in the 80s, before becoming CGI in 2009. “Thomas and Friends”, owned by Mattel, is now broadcast in more than 160 countries around the world. world.
British actress Rosamund Pike is also on board “Thomas and Friends: The Royal Engine,” portraying a new character, an important train called the Duchess of Loughborough.
The show will be broadcast by Netflix in the United States on May 1 and on Channel 5’s “Milkshake” show in the United Kingdom the following day. It will also be released in Canada and Australia later this month.
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